More than 60 community members attended the presentation at Spring Lake District Library. It ended when the group ran out of time when the library closed at 8:30 p.m.
On Nov. 5, Spring Lake school district voters will be asked to consider a $59.8 million bond that, among other things, would fund a new elementary school.
Spring Lake Public Schools Superintendent Dennis Furton asked Wednesday's audience to keep their focus on children and “what can best benefit them.”
One woman expressed concerns about the proposed new elementary school’s location in relation to the existing high school. She said the traffic at the high school is often so congested that it’s easier to enter the campus from a lesser-used entrance.
“It’s madness,” she said. “It’s so crowded.”
Furton explained that traffic from the two schools wouldn’t overlap because of timing. The high school would start and end one hour before the elementary school.
“That’s where the schedule comes in,” Furton said.
Crockery Township resident Nancy Kucks asked why voters should approve a bond when they haven’t finished paying off the debt for building the high school.
“We’re leaving debt behind for our kids,” she said.
As time ran out on the meeting, Furton encouraged community members to visit the district’s website, contact him with further questions and attend upcoming community presentations. The next one is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Barber School, 102 W. Savidge St.
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