ISHPEMING — A local high school is seeing the completion of new renovations, one of those includes new tennis courts.

Westwood High School in west Ishpeming has had ongoing renovations all summer including the installment of new tennis courts to their campus. Superintendent for NICE schools Bryan DeAugustine says that the project was a big piece of their outdoor renovations which cost a little less than $600,000. He says these projects were a part of a larger renovation that included projects inside the school, which cost about $900,00 total. These funds were available thanks to the community who voted in the sinking fund millage.

De Augustine says, “It’s a really nice compliment that our community believes in what we do for our kids, that they continue to renew that millage and allow us to collect those taxes so that we can make sure that our facilities and campus are as beautiful as we can make them.”

The facility includes eight new tennis courts, new restrooms and a tennis office and storage area.

Athletic Director Jon Beckman says, “Well really the most exciting part for the kids is we’re not putting them in cars and sending them to different facilities throughout our district. They’re coming out of school, and getting right to the courts, and their practice times are shorter, their time with their coaches is longer and obviously the beautification of the facility is great as well.”

“One of the things we pride ourselves on is that we have a very campus like atmosphere here, because all of our building and our athletic facilities,” DeAugustine added, “except for our softball field, are self contained. so in the scope of U.P. districts it’s pretty unique that all of our activities happen here in one spot.”

According to the superintendent one of the best parts about these new tennis courts is that they’re open and readily available to the entire community, so it encourages exercise and healthy living for the entire family.

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