August 30, 2021 Bond update from Chris LaHaie, Chief Financial Officer
As summer comes to a close and the 2021-2022 school year quickly approaches, the first two projects of the $68 million School Building and Site bond projects are wrapping up as planned and ahead of schedule. At Cedar Trails, all mechanical work has been completed and unit ventilators are in place to provide heating, cooling, and improved air purification to all of our youngest learners. Final inspections and occupancy permits will be completed by the first week of August, leaving only a few days of cleaning and final detailing before teachers may begin preparing their classrooms for the new school year.
At Cedar Springs Middle School, the new drives and entrances are complete, leaving just directional markings and landscaping left to be done as we approach three weeks until our students return. We are extremely excited for the alleviation of past frustrations related to traffic congestion during drop-off and pick-up times at CSMS.
While the summer 2021 projects have been taking place, careful planning and preparation for the next construction phase has been occurring. Next up will be Cedar Springs High School, which will begin a significant amount of attention through the construction of new learning spaces in addition to renovations of existing ones. Beginning in September, contractors will start constructing eight new classrooms on the northwest wing of the building, as well as a renovation of the existing media center as it will become the main entrance and administrative offices. This work will be taking place during the 2021-2022 school year, as well as a renovation of many existing classrooms. Contractors are currently submitting bids for their work, with selections occurring in mid-August.
July 2021 - Cedar Trails Elementary
All new units have been placed in classrooms with installation and programming completed the week of July 19. In addition, the school's office will be retrofitted with a verticle ventilating system. Units are being piped and connected as fabrication is complete and beginning to be delivered onsite.
It continues to be a warm summer in Michigan, but come fall the students and staff at Cedar Trails will enjoy air-conditioned spaces when they return on August 23!
July 2021 - Cedar Springs Middle School
We are excited to have the curbs and sidewalk completed along with final gravel grading, topsoil for landscaping, and light pose bases set. We are getting close to the finish of this summertime project, and are excited for the new drive to welcome students, parents, and staff back on August 23!