The proposal — which will address safety and security enhancements, instructional technology upgrades, large-scale maintenance projects and critical building fixes — was put together by a committee of about 60 parents, residents and business leaders who studied the district's needs for several months.
“Oh my gosh. It is truly a sense of pride,” West Ottawa parent and committee co-chair Darrin Duistermars said just a few minutes after the results came in. “It’s a sense of a renewed commitment to this district and quite honestly a sense of relief. A lot of work was put into this by a lot of people.”
West Ottawa Superintendent Tom Martin called it a “community win” and gave much of the credit to the district’s Strategic Planning Committee, which advocated for months to get the bond passed.
Martin said the $90 million will provide an excellent start to addressing last summer’s needs assessment, which identified $140 million of district necessities.
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