Godfrey-Lee Public Schools Breaks Ground on Restoration & Expansion Project
(WYOMING, MI) April 21, 2022 – Community members, administrators, and project partners of Godfrey-Lee Public Schools gathered Wednesday evening to celebrate the start of construction on a two-year restoration and expansion project at Lee Middle / High School. In addition to the shoveling ceremony, the event included a band performance and community cook-out.
The three-story building is over 100 years old. In June 2019, a structural failure caused a portion of the school’s roof to collapse. Immediate safety measures were put into place, as the district and community worked to determine the best plan for rebuilding. Those discussions spurred a comprehensive master planning process. In November 2020, the community voted in support of a $17.9 million bond program to fund a major transformation to the building.
“This project is a testament to our community’s unity and support,” said Godfrey-Lee Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Michael Burde. “Together, we are restoring and improving the school, to ensure it serves our students well for decades to come.”
- New 6,200 sf media center and adjacent flex space, with direct access for community and students
- New 4,300 sf band room to meet expanding needs
- Four new classrooms and an academic breakout area for project-based learning
- New cafeteria / multi-purpose space
Academic Space Renovations
- Classroom renovations and modern furnishings to create 21st century learning spaces
- Transformation of existing media center into a flexible learning environment
- Updated instructional technology
Health & Wellness
- Addition of modern mechanical systems and air conditioning, to create healthier air quality
- Conversion of current band room into Community Wellness and Resource Clinic
- Updating fire alarm and fire suppression systems
- Improved secure entry for controlled access to the building
- Increased accessibility, including a second story skywalk
- Adding roof insulation and replacing old mechanical, electrical, and plumbing equipment
The $17.9 million bond program is being managed by Owen‑Ames‑Kimball Co., and designed by TowerPinkster.