Fruitport eyes facilities needs

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:26 PM

More than 20 people met for the first meeting of the Fruitport Community Schools Facilities Committee on Wednesday night.

The group had brief introductions to the district's buildings and what renovations they've had through the years, before creating a list of items they would like to see addressed and discussed in coming meetings.

The committee will have public meetings about once a month, with the goal of making recommendations to the district’s school board for improvements by June 2014. Superintendent Bob Szymoniak said a recommendation could be seeking a bond proposal or a sinking fund, or to wait on taking action for a few years.

Szymoniak said he is delighted with the turnout for the inaugural meeting because the effort is a collaboration with the school district, Fruitport Township and the Village of Fruitport.

“I think there are some needs out there we could address,” he said.

As the group looked at district buildings, John Winkas, director of operations for Fruitport Community Schools, said the middle school’s pool is “past its life cycle.”

The pool has been shut down four times so far this school year because its pipes are galvanized, which is causing rust.

Winkas said they also face plumbing problems at the middle school building.

“Everything is underground,” he said. “To bring it up and into the ceiling is about $350,000.”

The next facilities committee meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 6, 2014, in the Fruitport High School library.

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