West Ottawa voters pass $90M bond proposal

A $90 million bond proposal put before voters in the West Ottawa school district was approved Tuesday. Sixty-seven percent of voters from the four-township school district said yes, while 33 percent voted no.
The Holland Sentinel
May 7, 2014

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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