SLPS seeks input for new bond

Voters in the Spring Lake school district will soon have a chance to provide input to the district's second try at a bond proposal on the May ballot.
Krystle Wagner
Dec 18, 2013

Community input sessions are scheduled for Jan. 8 at Spring Lake Middle School, Jan. 12 at Spring Lake High School and Jan. 14 at the Crockery Township Hall.

An internal review committee — comprised of school staff, parents and other community members — will present three options and seek feedback before making a final recommendation to the school board.

The committee is scheduled to present a recommendation to the school board on Jan. 16. The school board is then expected to take action on the recommendation at a Jan. 20 meeting.

School board Trustee Curt Theune encourages residents to attend the upcoming community input sessions, but asks that they keep an open mind as they listen to the proposals. The father of two Spring Lake students said they are looking for residents to share what they like and dislike about the proposals.

The district has worked for the past month with EPIC-MRA, a Lansing-based survey research firm, to analyze a survey of voters following the defeat of a nearly $60 million bond proposal in November. Registered voters throughout the school district – including Spring Lake Village, Spring Lake Township and Crockery Township – were contacted for the survey to reflect on the bond and consider future scenarios.

Superintendent Dennis Furton said about 91 percent of voters surveyed offered a combined grade of “A” and “B” for the quality of education in the district.

“We have tremendous support,” he said.

Survey results reveal that eight out of 10 voters gave a positive rating for the condition of the schools, buildings, facilities and grounds. Furton said that shows a disconnect between what the community sees and what the district's facility analysis shows.

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I hope this is less about giving us presentations and more about listening to the community's input.


In previous COMMENTS about the prior Bond Proposal, citizens pointed out that schools in other countries are hundreds of years old, and somehow provide an education that exceeds our own. So tearing down Jeffers and Holmes may not be the best approach. I would love to see a detailed price estimate for upgrading the boilers, roofs. windows, doors, electrical, security, technology, adding cooling systems,etc. at Jeffers and Holmes to allow voters to compare those total costs against building a new elementary building with those features. The price estimates should include demolition costs for the older buildings and current maintenance costs. There is a point where voters will have to decide if those upgrades are still feasible or better spent on a new building.


Do they want to give a time for the forums? And Jan 12 is a Sunday what time might this start.

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