Fennville entering last stages of 2017 bond work – HollandSentinel.com

FENNVILLE — Fennville Public Schools is entering the final stages of work stemming from a $23 million bond passed in November 2017. 

The proposal included work at each of the three district buildings, a new transportation center, stadium renovations and more. 

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Superintendent Jim Greydanus said remaining work includes paving, a new secure entry on the elementary school and some finishing touches on a pair of athletics sites.

“It’s winding down,” he said. “When I think back, the first thing we did was put a new roof on the middle school and administration building. That started way back in the summer of 2018, it’s been a long road.” 

The district’s school board met Thursday, July 1, to approve bids for paving work for this summer. The approved bids covered $207,000 to rebuild the staff parking lot and other repairs.

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Work is also underway at the elementary school to add a secure entry. The upgrade will add an additional layer of security for the building.

“Right now, when you get buzzed into the building, you go right into the corridor,” Greydanus said. “(With the renovation), when people get buzzed in, they’ll go directly into the office. You’ll have to be buzzed in to come into the office, then buzzed into the building.”

Additionally, there is some work to finish up the district’s stadium and baseball fields. The new track surface was recently installed and will have lanes painted on soon. Greydanus said leveling and sod work is ongoing for the baseball fields and the district is hopeful to play on those next spring.

A pair of final projects at Fennville High — new flooring in the cafeteria and lighting and sound in the auditorium — will be scheduled in the coming months as well, Greydanus said.

— Contact reporter Mitchell Boatman at mboatman@hollandsentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter @SentinelMitch