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Charter school grows
Grand Haven Tribune
By: Krystle Wagner
October 14, 2013
The staff and students of a local charter school are settling into new classrooms.

After an initial delay, construction at West Michigan Academy of Arts and Academics is nearing completion. Although students are in four new classrooms, officials of the Ferrysburg school have a few weeks more until the theater and scene shop are turned over to them.

As the auditorium work enters its final stages, Carrie Tulloch, vice president for the school’s Board of Directors, said standing inside it took her breath away.

“It’s a little surreal,” she said. “To stand in the auditorium and think that’s where my kids are going to do musicals and plays, it’s really exciting.”

Once the construction crew turns the new space over to the school, the auditorium will still need chairs, curtains and lights.

The construction project is expected to cost about $1 million. It will be funded through bonds and about $500,000 from the school’s fund balance.

Within the next 3-5 years, Academy Director Travis Thomsen said the school hopes to move into the project's second phase by adding more classrooms and a glass front on the theater.

Thomsen said the school needed additional classrooms because of increasing student enrollment.

Initial construction started about five weeks behind schedule because of issues receiving proper state permits.
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