Holly, MI — September 19, 2023
Holly Area Schools recently broke ground on the district’s state-of-the-art Construction Trades Center and new Holly Middle School. Both projects are made possible by the 2022 voter-approved bond and are part of the district’s commitment to preparing all Bronchos for success and the jobs of tomorrow.
The 6,500-square-foot Construction Trades Center is scheduled to open in spring 2024. The project was planned to help prepare students for in-demand, high-wage careers in the skilled trades, including achieving certifications before graduation.
“This innovative project is part of our commitment at Holly Area Schools to prepare all Bronchos for the jobs of the future, including in-demand careers in the skilled trades,” Scott Roper, Holly Area Schools superintendent, said at the September 14th groundbreaking event outside Holly High School. “Our Construction Trades Center is made possible by the generosity of our Broncho community and is further proof that it’s a great time to be a Broncho.”
“The construction trades continue to be an area of great demand, and this amazing, first-of-its-kind facility will provide students with the skills needed to compete for jobs in this growing industry,” said Holly High School Principal Joel Smith. “This building will provide a solid foundation for our construction trades students, including certifications they can earn while still here in our hallways.”
New Middle School
The new middle school is slated to open in fall 2025, and will be built on the site of the current Karl Richter Campus and will replace the Sherman Campus Middle School. In a 2021 survey, an overwhelming majority of our school community favored a new middle school that supports new learning environment standards with increased classroom and learning spaces.
“Our new middle school will symbolize our mission to empower all Bronchos to follow their own learning journey with meaningful and engaging experiences that provide skills to succeed in the real world,” Roper said. “The new middle school will also be a significant point of pride for our entire Holly Community, as it embodies our commitment to growth, innovation, and excellence.”
“A high-quality education begins with creating the best possible learning environment for our Bronchos, and middle school provides the building blocks for student achievement,” said Eric Curl, Holly Middle School principal. “On behalf of the entire Holly Middle School team, I’d like to thank our community for this opportunity to help our students chart their own personal paths toward bright futures.”
At both events, Roper was joined by students, staff, building and district administration, Holly Area Schools board members, parents, local leaders, community members, and partners at GMB Engineering and AUCH Construction.
“On behalf of the Holly Area Schools Board of Education, I’d like to thank our community for its continued investment in our Bronchos,” said Leigh Jackson, Holly Area Schools Board of Education president. “These projects symbolize our long-term plans to continue providing all Bronchos with a world-class education that provides innovative learning experiences and opportunities.”