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Construction Continues at William Kelley School

“Adaptability” might be the characteristic that best describes students and staff at William Kelley School. With construction ongoing, and the sound of jackhammers and other equipment easily audible from the elementary wing, every day is a lesson in flexibility and patience as fac­ulty and contractors work together towards the remodel completion. “The staff, students, and families have been very patient and flexible with the construction going on in the building,” Principal Dan Johnson commented. He works with the site supervisor from ICS daily to “co­ordinate the construction”.

“We are currently working on our girls and boys locker rooms, the main production kitch­en, and the music and art suite,” Principal John­son continued. “Upcoming projects include the main high school gym, the art room, and the current FACS room.” The current FACS room will be transformed into a community room, and the FACS teacher will be teaching in an­other space for the remainder of the semester, though the class will not have access to cooking equipment there.

The new office area, facing Banks Boulevard, is nearing completion, with multiple members of the faculty having already transitioned to the new space. The old office area will become a space for the school counselors, and will pro­vide more privacy for students who visit the counselors. Wall tile is continuing to be updat­ed in the halls from the original pink to a more modern gray. The library will be updating its furniture with furniture obtained from Two Har­bors High School, and the arts and music suite now has a skeleton framework.

The two big upcoming projects, though, are the main gymnasium and the kitchen. The gym will receive a new ceiling and ductwork, and work on it will begin on May 20. The kitchen will receive a complete remodel with a new layout and equipment. This, of course, brings some changes to how students will be served meals. A temporary wall is going up in the cafeteria to keep construction dust from the eating area. Many meals are made at Two Harbors High School, then frozen and reheated at William Kelley. The kitchen staff is using the Galley kitchen for the time being, and this is where kindergarten through third graders will eat, while the older grades will get their meals in the Galley and carry them to the cafeteria.

The anticipated completion date for all proj­ects is currently around November 2025, and William Kelley faculty appreciate students and families’ understanding during this time.

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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