Voters rejected the proposal 1,895 to 1,806.
Superintendent Dennis Furton said Wednesday that the school district will analyze the election results, then begin looking at what’s best for their students because the district’s needs and community’s vision haven’t changed.
Furton said they will look at what parts of the rejected bond proposal worked and didn’t work. He thinks it’s more complicated than voters disagreeing with one or two components.
“We’re going to seek to understand the results better,” he said.
The bond funding would have paid for a new elementary school campus; enhanced technology districtwide; made upgrades at the intermediate/middle school, high school and other district buildings for energy efficiency; and replace furniture for energy efficiency. It also would have moved the bus and maintenance garage and all athletic facilities to the high school site.
Although the district hired firms to assist with the process, Furton said they won’t be paid unless a bond is approved.
The majority of voters in four of the five precincts in the Spring Lake school district actually supported the proposal Tuesday.
The bond was favored 259-199 in Spring Lake Township Precinct 2, which includes residents in the north part of the township between Wilson Street and Bridlepath. Precinct 3, which covers the northeastern and middle parts of the township, supported the proposal 507-377. Precincts 5 and 6, which covers the southern and eastern portions of the township, supported it 540-472.
Precinct 4, which covers Spring Lake Village, had 309 votes in favor of the bond and 464 opposed to it.
Spring Lake Township Precinct 1 is in the Grand Haven school district.
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