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Barryton Says Goodbye to Elementary School

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WCMU Gena Harris
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Barryton Elementary closed its doors this month. On Saturday, June 5, it allowed community members in, for one last farewell to the building. 

 

The school hosted a final walkthrough of the nearly 90-year-old building before it's demolished to make way for a new parking lot for the newly-built elementary building in the fall.

 

In 2015, the district received a 20 million dollar bond for a new school building.

 

It was supposed to open in 2020 but, like so many things, that was delayed due to the pandemic. 

 

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Superintendent Bob Grover said the new building will offer technological advances for kindergarten through fourth-grade children.

 

“The new building opens up a whole new level of educational opportunities for the children of this community, much more technologically advanced, so there’s going to be a lot more integration that occurs and open areas with space that’s definitely not in this area at all.”    

 

Grover said the benefits students will enjoy in the 38,000-square-foot space are group instructional areas, a bigger gym, new security measures, and modern technology. 

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Grover said they will begin tearing down the original building Monday, June 14. He said there will be a welcoming tour in the fall to introduce the new elementary

This story was produced as part of the Michigan News Group Internship. A collaboration between WCMU and eight local newspapers. You can read a print version of the story in the Big Rapids Pioneer