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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held to Kick Off Cohasset Elementary Renovation

Ryan Juntti
Updated: June 03, 2019 10:37 PM

In the coming years, elementary students in Cohasset are going to have an upgraded elementary school to go to. Cohasset Elementary School is going to be renovated and expanded.

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This was all made possible by voters who passed a referendum last April giving the green light to construct two elementary schools in Grand Rapids and renovate Cohasset Elementary School.

A nearly year-long design process began after the referendum passed that included input from administrators, teachers, district staff, parents, and community members.

Members of a design group also toured three recently constructed schools to understand changes in school design, construction and community partnerships.  

Community members and staff came out to Cohasset Elementary School on Monday for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate, and kick off the project.

School and city officials along with kids dug up the ceremonial dirt with golden shovels. 

The current Cohasset Elementary School was built back in the 1920's.

Lisa Lutz, a second grade teacher at Cohasset Elementary School, says the school needs to be upgraded to adapt to the changing needs in education.

"There's just so many things that we need in education today that we didn't have 50 to 100 years ago when the school was built back in the 20's," said Lutz.

Lutz says the renovation will allow the school to accommodate their special education department, counseling services, and fix aging classrooms and the building itself. 

"It's just really exciting to know that we'll have more space for the kids. We're going to have a full-size gym so we'll have just the space to move around, we'll have space for the Special Ed. kids, have space for teachers who now don't have their own offices," said Lutz.

The city of Cohasset will also be adding onto the school with daycare and senior centers. 

The project is being funded by taxpayers and the city of Cohasset will be paying for the daycare and senior centers.

Construction is expected to get underway Thursday. It will take place this summer, during the upcoming school year, and then the summer after that. 

The project is expected to be complete in August of 2021 and then ready for that school year.

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Ryan Juntti

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