SL looks to next bond

Spring Lake school officials are considering putting another bond proposal before voters next year.
Krystle Wagner
Nov 20, 2013

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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Comments

horst

I just love when the community says "NO" in a vote the school administration keeps coming back again and again and again...they're like a spoiled little kid that doesn't get their way...Grand Haven has done it over and over...

BTL2A

Does that make your theory; if at first you don't succeed, quit?

horst

When it comes to pissing my money away..yeah quit pissing away "MY" money

christopher

And now they are going to get the pulse of the community by surveying 300 people? I think they need to do more face to face.

watchingyou

Most of the NO voters wanted them to break it down more and give us options. That seems to be what they are doing. They are doing research, asking questions, and hopefully listening this time around. We all pretty much agreed that some things need to be done, we just didn't all agree on how much of it was needed. Not spoiled kids, responsible administration making sure the district gets needed improvements without going overboard.

horst

If they're so smart and responsible why didn't they do that in the first place...they went overboard in the first place and now the voters have checked them...Ask for the moon and then negotiate from there, is good negotiation tactics. I just get tired of the govt./schools entities coming back to the well over and over after the voters have said “THE WELL IS DRY”.

watchingyou

I'm just glad they are letting it go to vote. They could have just implemented it. They are trying the Shoot for the Stars but accept the Moon approach.

horst

No they could not have just implemented it....They didn't have it in their budget so they have to get the voters approve it

Say no to new taxes

Rejected referendums should be required to wait a minimum of two years before bringing it back on a ballot. There should also be no "off year election bond proposals" or "special elections" as supporters of the bond issue know these two things greatly enhance the chance of passage because of their historical low turnouts.

stripes

Gee,don't you think the superintendent should have done this the 1st time instead of wasting the tax payer's time and money?? And still 300 people...maybe they should poll more.

ohreally

"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."

With 51% of the voting population voting no...maybe Furton and BOE should open up their forums and truly listen to voters. Clearly their current committee did not do what was needed from them. I"m not an EPIC poll collector, but from what I have heard from "no" voters, the district did not listen to their concerns, it was WAY too much money, it was a waste to tear down BOTH elementary schools, and there were no options. Here's a hint...SCALE DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY. The majority of no voters agree that things need to be done...it just needs to be done in a PRACTICAL manner. Take note Mr. Furton...listen to your community members.

Coonan

I hardly think that a loss by 89 votes means the community said "NO"....that says they almost got what they wanted, and many in the community supported it. They just need to present in a way that will get 89 more people to say "YES"...can't blame them for trying. Money spent on education is money well spent...and I don't have any children...I just want to see the children of the community I live in get the best education possible...better education means better community.

JVH1219

What a pathetic response. Whether it 89 votes or 1 vote that means they lost. There were 89 more people that opposed it. And last time i saw we were in the top 2% in the nation so our education i would say is pretty good. Also most of the time like I said before if the proposal was what the community NEEDed then it would have passed by a large margin. Lets see if they can get it right this time around.

stripes

no, is what it really means is 1/2 the community said no! It wasn't just losing by 89 people.

horst

Well it was 2.5% more "NO" votes...Many in the country supported Mitt Romney and they almost got what they wanted...BUT THEY DIDN'T...So YES the community "DID" say no. I hope they repackage the bond...I'd vote for some aspects of it.

Tri-cities realist

It is a miracle that most of us were able to escape these wretched schools, how did we survive without brand new schools? Or do the teachers and parents have anything to do with it? If more money spent = better education, DC and other metropolitan schools would top the list, the reality is, they top a different list.

Admin14

Try again in May? Already? What other elections are going on then?
If it is only the bond issue, it is another waste of money. How much did the last one cost us? (I am attempting to get the figures from the Clerk)
Lets only have the bond issue again when there are other issues or elections on the ballot.
Also consider why in the world do we need a multi-million dollar football field complex when it is only used a few months out of the year?
How about this novel idea: Why can't we save up our money through real cut-backs if necessary and just fix what what we have and upgrade where only necessary?
All these new buildings and complexes are ridiculous. And it has NOTHING to do with education quality.
WE ARE TAXED TO DEATH.
I and others will be promoting a VOTE NO campaign bigger and better than last time.

nursemom926

I believe the football turf field for 5 or possibly 6 mediocre games a year and a turf field life of 10 years is definitely excessive as an expense that needs to be made at this time. And personal computers to all K-12 students to be out-dated before they probably are issued and then paid for by the tax payers for the next 30 years. BOOM!!! Try the elementary school building and maybe not right on top of the high school. Have you ever been near the HS parking lot at the beginning of the day or release times???? It is TERRIFYING. Why not leave the small learners in the Village?

nursemom926

I believe the football turf field for 5 or possibly 6 mediocre games a year and a turf field life of 10 years is definitely excessive as an expense that needs to be made at this time. And personal computers to all K-12 students to be out-dated before they probably are issued and then paid for by the tax payers for the next 30 years. BOOM!!! Try the elementary school building and maybe not right on top of the high school. Have you ever been near the HS parking lot at the beginning of the day or release times???? It is TERRIFYING. Why not leave the small learners in the Village?

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