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Muskegon Public Schools open new Charles Hackley Middle School

The new Charles Hackley Middle School was built on the former Mercy Hackley Hospital campus.
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The new Charles Hackley Middle School was built on the former Mercy Hackley Hospital campus.

It's the district's first new school construction in 65 years

The $35 million facility sits on the former campus of Mercy Hackley Hospital and is the first new school to be built in the Muskegon Public School District since 1959.

Superintendent Matthew Cortez says funding came from two bond measures passed by voters in the spring of 2020, which was at the beginning of the Covid pandemic.

“It says that our community is ready to embrace hope and knows that Covid was just something that was going to be a temporary thing.”

The building will accommodate more than 900 sixth through eighth grade students when it opens for the school year this August, and boasts 45 academic classrooms, 6 science labs and dedicated floors for each grade, as well as other amenities.

“We have a double-A gymnasium as well as a complete track suspended in the air around the gymnasium. It’ll have a very large, up-to-date media center as well as a complete athletic complex 30 feet from the back of the building.”

The 15 acres the new building occupies was gifted to the district by Mercy Hackley Hospital after it moved to a new campus on East Sherman Boulevard.

“I couldn’t have asked for a stronger community or, personally, a better place for my son to be raised and for me to be a superintendent in.”

The school will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 2nd at 5:15 pm with the great-great-grandson of Charles Hackley in attendance. The public is welcome.

Dave joined WGVU Public Media in November of 2023 after eighteen years as a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Emmy-nominated photojournalist and editor at Grand Rapids' WOOD TV8 and three years at WEYI TV25 in Flint, Michigan. As a General Assignment Reporter, Dave covers daily news and community events all over West Michigan.
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