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When did Ferrysburg join GH district?

Mark Brooky • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:39 PM

His first two questions — "Why is Ferrysburg shaped the way it is? Why do Grand Haven and Spring Lake each claim parts of North Shore Road?" — were answered Friday. To read that Mailbag, CLICK HERE.

Connor also asked, "And why was it decided that it would be Grand Haven schools?"

ANSWER:

For the third question, Grand Haven Area Public Schools Superintendent Keith Konarska checked with some "old-timers" to assist with our answer.

In the 1960s, there were a number of small, rural districts in Michigan that were absorbed into larger school districts.

"After many contacts and referrals, I connected with retired Lake Hills Elementary Principal Frank Such, who informed me that between 1960 and 1965 the state required K-8 districts, like Little Black Lake, to either build their own high school or annex with a neighboring district," Konarska explained. "That was the point in time when Ferrysburg became part of GHAPS."

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