This is in the wake of the defeat two weeks ago of a nearly $60 million bond proposal by 89 votes.
The school district will invite community members in the coming weeks to help determine the next step, which might include a new bond proposal, Superintendent Dennis Furton said.
It will be an “aggressive” December and January, Furton said, as they work to form a recommendation addressing the district’s needs. He said a recommendation will be made to the school board at its January meeting in order for the proposal to appear on the May ballot.
The district is working with EPIC-MRA, a Lansing-based survey research firm, to analyze voter turnout results. Furton said it’s a standard process following an election.
In the coming weeks, EPIC-MRA will call 300 registered voters in the Spring Lake school district — including Spring Lake Village, Spring Lake Township and Crockery Township — to ask specific questions about the bond proposal and ask their thoughts about possible future scenarios.
On Nov. 5, voters rejected a $59.8 million bond that would have funded a new elementary school, provided districtwide technology updates, created athletic facilities at Spring Lake High School, updated the Intermediate/Middle School, and purchased new buses. It lost 1,895 to 1,806.
The school district's internal review committee, which made the initial recommendation to the school board, will add 15 people to include district staff and community members. Furton said members will be selected through recommendations, but anyone interested can contact his office.
“We want to be more representative,” he said.
The group will use data from the election results, phone polls, the district’s facility study and information from vision planning sessions to create new recommendations to present to the school board.
Furton said the district will hold one or more community input sessions during the process.
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