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GRTS Building Study
Monday, October 26, 2009

Community members attending the R-2 facility planning meeting were surprised by the radius of schools that Grand River Technical School serves and impressed by the quality of programming that occurs in the early childhood classrooms housed in the “pink house.” The fifth meeting was held Thursday at GRTS with 26 community members in attendance.

Committee co-chair Betty Preston Steele, said that because the GRTS is the district’s newest building, the structural issues that have been evident in the district’s older buildings were non-existant. However, because of the technical training conducted daily at the school, the group learned that upgrades to the electric supply there is needed. The group also determined that improved parking areas would also be welcome.

The GRTS serves students from 16 school districts and offers a variety of programs. The building was designed for 350 students and now serves more than 700 high school and adult students.

After touring the technical school the group walked to the childhood center commonly referred to as “the pink house.” Pam Fetter, special services director, shared with the group a presentation including the needs of the Garrison early childhood facility. Because of the lack of space, fewer children can be involved in the programming than are eligible if more classrooms were available. She noted that for every $1 spent on early childhood programming, $7 are saved later due to educational problems. She also noted that quality preschool experiences make a huge difference for children.

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