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Serving Frankenmuth Since 1906
Vol. 116 No. 11 - In our 116th year!
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
List Elementary School ribbon-cutting Sept. 24
The List Elementary School went through quite an extensive remodel and addition over the past year and the Frankenmuth School District is ready to celebrate the project’s conclusion.
FSD Superintendent Grant Hegenauer is planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for area residents.
“This will be an excellent night for the community to see what great new spaces have been created in this building,” Hegenauer said.
The event will be held on Friday, September 24, prior to the key Tri-Valley Conference 8 home football game against Freeland at 7pm. Both teams are undefeated and the Frankenmuth football program will honor the 1960 and 1981 teams at halftime.
The open house will be held 5-6pm, with a walking tour of the indoor and outdoor facility, including the newly-remodeled Kids’ Kingdom. From 6-6:15pm, the gathering will move outside for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, with closing remarks wrapped up by 6:30pm, ahead of the football game.
List Elementary School Principal Jill Waliczek is looking forward to the event.
“We plan to recognize the hard work that has gone into this project and celebrate our beautiful facility,” Waliczek said.
The total cost of the building project is $4,163,162 and the playground was $629,350.
With List enrollment nearing 550 students, this project has provided the teaching staff with much needed space for childcare, preschool and kindergarten through fourth grade students.
“We have added five new classrooms, a new cafeteria, a new playground, a new media center/library, a safer and more secure main entrance, an early childhood entrance, front office remodel and other areas of the building experienced remodeling as a result of the build,” Waliczek explained.
The existing library was turned into a technology lab, and office and intervention space. A total of three entrances received security upgrades.
William Bronner & Sons Contractors was the general contractor for the extensive project.
“I have been extremely pleased with Matt Bronner and his crew throughout this process. Matt’s team worked tirelessly all summer to get us ready for the new school year and they did a fantastic job on the project,” Waliczek said.
For the new Kids’ Kingdom, Matt Lawton with Great Lakes Recreation took on the project. Kids’ Kingdom was first built in May 1996 – 25 years ago – by community volunteers.
“The new playground features a poured-in-place rubber playground surface as well as turf. These features make the playground safe and clean for our young students,” Waliczek said.
Following the Freeland contest, the Eagles have just one more home date. Homecoming 2021 will be celebrated on Friday, October 15, when Essexville Garber clashes with ‘Muth.
The Frankenmuth School District Hall of Fame Banquet will also be held that day. FHS 1996 graduate Jaime Schmidt will be honored as the Alumnus of the Year and James Vandevelde, a longtime educator and band director, will be feted as the Champion of Children.
Schmidt and Vandevelde will be guests at the Frankenmuth Noon Rotary Club on Thursday, October 14, with Jaime to speak about her career as an entrepreneuer and founder of Schmidt’s Naturals.
On Friday, Jamie will meet with the FHS business and marketing students at 9am in the Bronner Performing Arts Center to share her story.
At 11:45am, the banquet luncheon will be held in the Bronner Performing Arts Center. The public is welcomed to attend. Luncheon tickets are available by calling the FSD at 989-652-9958.
At Homecoming, the two will ride in the 6pm Homecoming Parade, have an interview with FHS Radio for the pre-football game show at 6:30pm and be recognized at halftime of the game between the Dukes and the Eagles.