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Serving Frankenmuth Since 1906
Vol. 114 No. 15 - In our 114th year!
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
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Planning process begins for new turf on football and soccer fields
The Frankenmuth School District Board of Education met last Monday evening for its monthly meeting.
With the passage of the three millage renewals in the August 6 election, the board and administrators began work on some of their future sinking fund projects.
One project which was approved ahead of the millage election was building on two new classrooms at List Elementary School.
FSD Superintendent Adele Martin said that space at List is at a premium in recent years. The new addition is being built by William Bronner & Son Contractors of Frankenmuth and is located on the northwest corner of the existing school.
“The project is right on target to be ready by Christmas time. That will allow the teachers to prepare the rooms over the Christmas break,” Martin said.
There are two basic reasons for the classrooms. The special education teachers and other staff need spaces where they can work with students one-on-one or in small groups. Additionally, the FSD’s pre-school and childcare programs have expanded greatly over the past decade. FSD now serves over 100 pre-school and childcare students.
Martin noted that the district’s overall student enrollment is up slightly over last year. She attributes the addition of the Young 5s classroom to the growth. The overall district numbers over 1,300 students, with about 550 enrolled at FHS.
Other projects on the horizon include acoustical panel work in the E.F. Rittmueller Middle School gym and gym roof and heating and cooling upgrades at Frankenmuth High School.
The installation of synthetic turf on the football and soccer fields will be the biggest building and site project for 2020.
Martin and FSD Athletic Director Kevin Schwedler said the project is currently in the bidding process, with a company to be determined at the November school board meeting.
Work would begin in late May, following the girls’ soccer season and both fields will be done at one time, as a cost savings. Design work is also underway, including mid-field logos and other details.
Martin also pointed out that the List Elementary School Veteran’s Day Ceremony will not be held in the List gym. The ceremony, led by the fourth-grade class, will be held inside the Bronner Performing Arts Center in FHS. The hour-long service will begin at 8:30am.
The fall FHS sports teams have enjoyed great success on the fields, courts and courses. The varsity football team has clinched at least a share of the Tri-Valley Conference East Division title, the varsity boys’ soccer team is sharing the East crown, and the varsity girls’ golf team, varsity girls’ cross country team and varsity boys’ tennis team have won their league crowns.