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‘Kid-focused’

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:22 PM

Parents and teachers received 24 red-dotted stickers and three “bonus” blue-dotted stickers to place next to the top three ideas in each category. Categories included image, community outreach, collaboration, grades K-4, grades 5-8, grades 9-12, outdoor athletics and staff environment.

Paper sheets with ideas hung on the walls as people walked past to place their sticker next to an idea they felt should receive priority recognition.

Rebecca Kaufman, a music teacher at Jeffers Elementary School, said it is most important to think about the students who go through the buildings and experience opportunities the district offers.

“That we keep it kid-focused,” she said.

Earlier this month, about 200 community members gathered at the first session at Holmes Elementary School, where they were asked to dream about the district’s future.

Kaufman, who also attended the first session, said she walked away from the first meeting feeling pleased with the turnout and the positive discussions for envisioning 21st-century learning.

“It was evident we have a very supportive community,” she said.

As people walked throughout the gym, Spring Lake resident Suzy Hylen remained in her seat to look over the handout with the information directly in front of her.

“It’s a lot to think about,” she said.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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