2010-08-01 / Front Page

LCS scraps 12 portable classrooms

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com

Otisville’s Gary Mannor tears into a portable classroom at Lapeer West High School Thursday afternoon. Lapeer Community Schools hired J.A.N. Development Company to remove the structures, which were made obsolete by the completion of Rolland-Warner and Zemmer middle schools. Photo by PHIL FOLEY Otisville’s Gary Mannor tears into a portable classroom at Lapeer West High School Thursday afternoon. Lapeer Community Schools hired J.A.N. Development Company to remove the structures, which were made obsolete by the completion of Rolland-Warner and Zemmer middle schools. Photo by PHIL FOLEY LAPEER — By the end of the week 12 portable classrooms that have housed Lapeer Community Schools students since the mid- 1970s should be little more than a memory and a few patches of bare earth next to Lapeer East and West high schools.

J.A.N. Development Company began demolishing the first of five portable classrooms at Lapeer West High School on Wednesday. After the West site is cleared the company will move on to Lapeer East.

LCS spokesman Mike Arnholt said Jack McCauley was superintendent when the first of the portables came to Lapeer. He said the completion of Zemmer and Rolland-Warner middle schools this year made the aging structures obsolete.

Zemmer Middle School, 1920 W. Oregon Road, will officially open at 6 p.m. Aug. 12 with a ribbon-cutting and open house. It joins Rolland- Warner Middle School, the one-time Woodside Elementary School, as home to the district’s sixth through eighth graders.

Work on Rolland-Warner was completed last August and the building served as home to Zemmer Junior High School’s seventh grade students, as well as fifth and sixth graders from Murphy Elementary School this past school year.

Paid for by a voter-approved bond issue in May 2007, the two schools were the first major school construction projects in the LCS district since the completion of Lapeer East High School in 1976.

Earlier this year LCS board members voted to have the portable classrooms demolished after they couldn’t find anyone interested in buying them.

James Nierzwick, president of J.A.N. Development Company, said members of a Burton church and LakeVille Schools athletic boosters salvaged some of the materials left in the portables.

Tony Thompson, a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Risen Lord in Burton, said his group would use school desks and blackboards at the church’s Sunday school.

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