School begins $3.5M expansion
A school in the area is embarking on a $3.5-million expansion project.
Dutton Christian School, or DCS, in Caledonia said last month it broke ground on the project that will nearly double the size of its middle school campus, at 6729 Hanna Lake Ave. SE.
DCS, founded in 1955, has 584 students enrolled in pre-school through eighth grade.
The expansion should be done by next August, prior to the start of the 2018-2019 school year.
The project is being funded through private donations.
Ada-based Dan Vos Construction is the architect and contractor on the project.
Harmony Design Studios is handling the interior design.
Creating more room
The new addition, creating a north wing to the middle school building, will add nine classrooms, three small group spaces, bathrooms, storage space and playground equipment.
The expansion will also include an additional parking lot to the east of the school’s current lot to accommodate the increased traffic.
The move will allow for third through eighth graders to reside on one campus in two separate learning communities, a wing for third through fifth graders and a wing for sixth through eighth graders.
The school is expanding to accommodate its continued growth.
In the past decade, DCS has seen a 25-percent increase in student enrollment and has responded by making three additions to its elementary and middle school campuses in that timeframe.
“Dutton Christian School has been richly blessed over the past decade with a growing number of families seeking a Christ-centered education for their children,” said Tony Vermaas, board president, DCS. “And all of our projections indicate this growth will continue.”