Cole Academy East – a public, non-profit charter school – formally kicked-off the construction of a new 23,000 square-foot elementary school with a groundbreaking ceremony on August 10.

Upon opening in fall 2018, the school will initially serve kindergarten through second grade students, though plans for expansion include adding one grade a year through eighth grade over the next six years. The building will add two additional wings over the expansion period, educating over 600 students.

Granger Construction is serving as the construction manager for the project. Jeffrey Parker Architects is the designer and architect. Construction will be completed in summer 2018.

Cole Academy is chartered by Central Michigan University. It currently operates a K-6 school in Lansing that ranks among the highest achieving charter schools in the region. Cole Academy and Cole East represent CMU’s Center for Charter Schools’ first multi-site school district.

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