Ribbon cut on Jenison’s Kids First school

Ottawa County
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GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Jenison Public Schools held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday evening to celebrate the opening of its first new school in nearly 50 years.

The new Kids First building is on Baldwin Street near 28th Avenue. With 40 classrooms, it will house the early childhood and Spanish immersion programs.

The early childhood center used to be in the former Maplewood Elementary on Connie Street. That space will now be used by the Jenison International Academy and the district’s robotics program.

The Spanish immersion program has been renamed El Puente, which translates to The Bridge. Now in its ninth year, it had been available at several schools in the district. This is the first time it will be contained under one roof.

The Kids First building, the district’s first new school since 1970, was funded by a $25 million bond that voters approved in May 2016.

**Correction: Citing an incorrect press release, a previous version of this article stated the building had 36 classrooms. It actually has 40.

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