Arts academy plans expansion

The West Michigan Academy of Arts & Academics could have two new classrooms in its fourth- and fifth-grade wings for the upcoming school year.
Krystle Wagner
Jul 6, 2012

The Ferrysburg charter school's Board of Directors is partnering with Bouma Construction for design and construction bids for the classrooms that would be added to the existing facility, 17350 Hazel St.

The school's enrollment is at an all-time high, said its director, Travis Thomsen. He said more than 410 students were enrolled for the 2011-12 school year, and they've projected 60 to 70 additional students for 2012-13.

Needing additional space because of a growing enrollment "is a good problem to have,” Thomsen said.

“The board is opting for a two-classroom addition at this point to meet an immediate need in population growth,” the director said. “We have a larger-scale plan in the works that includes classrooms, labs and a performing arts space.”

Thomsen said the project is in its early stages. They hope to break ground once they receive state grant funding.

Completion is anticipated for mid-September, Thomsen added.

As of Thursday, Bouma Preconstruction Manager Bob Johnson said they've received one bid for the project. He said more bids are expected before today's deadline.

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