CCISD hears progress of greenhouse: Will be classroom extension

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette The cement pad for the greenhouse behind the CCISD building, donated by MJO Contracting.

HANCOCK — At Tuesday night’s Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) board meeting Karyn Juntunen from the community transition program updated the board about the completion of Phase I of the greenhouse project. Once it’s complete, it will be used as an extension of the classrooms at CCISD.

The initial budget was $10,000, but Juntunen has defrayed the cost by campaigning for donations and applying for grants.

A cement pad has been poured, thanks to MJO Contracting, who donated their labor and equipment for the project. Bids have been accepted for installing electric, plumbing and heating in the building.

“I’m still waiting to see how much it’s going to cost to replace the sheeting,” Juntunen said.

The greenhouse framing and clear sheeting that covers it were donated by Copper Country Mental Health last September. Some of the clear sheeting is too weathered to be reinstalled on the greenhouse frame and will have to be replaced.

Donations and grants for the costs of the greenhouse have come from Keweenaw Random Acts of Community Kindness, Houghton Rotary, Houghton Kiwanis, Houghton Lions, Knights of Columbus, the Portage Health Foundation and anonymous donors. Michigan Technological University students helped to move the frame of the greenhouse to the CCISD.