2 Kent Co. schools merge for new system

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GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — Beginning this fall, students at Grandville Christian Elementary School and Calvin Christian Middle School and High School will be combined into one official school system.

Both school boards announced Thursday that the two schools will merge to form a comprehensive preschool-through-twelfth-grade Christian school system.

Tim Steenstra, the current principal of Grandville Christian Schools, has been named the “head of schools” over the new school association, according to a release.

“This is a very unique merger,” Steenstra said in the release. “School mergers often occur when one or more of the schools involved is struggling, but in our case, both schools are vibrant and healthy, enjoy strong enrollment, and are completely debt-free. This merger is about positioning ourselves for the future and drawing on the strengths of both schools in order to create an education system that nurtures and supports kids from the moment they start preschool until the time they put on the cap and gown.”

Steenstra said the merge made sense for both schools, as almost 96 percent of Grandville Christian students move on to Calvin Christian Middle School and High School.

While final details have not yet been determined, the schools are currently set to keep their individual names and will operate under the leadership of the new school association, the release said.

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