In May, both the Grand Haven and Spring Lake school districts have ballot proposals for voters to decide on.
Here is a rundown of what is on the May 6 ballot:
Grand Haven Area Public Schools will ask voters for its general operating millage renewal of 18 mills against non-principal residences and other non-exempt property required for the district to receive its per-pupil foundation allowance.
The district also has two bond proposals.
Proposal 1 would generate about $36 million for:
• 1-to-1 technology devices
• Infrastructure improvements
• Desktop computer replacements
• Instructional technology replacements
• Phone system upgrade
• Equipment replacement: servers, media, copiers
• Updated security cameras
• Bus replacements
• Student transportation tracking system
• Roof replacements
• Asphalt replacement
• Student learning equipment
• Improved fire systems at Lakeshore Middle School and Griffin Elementary School
• Secure entrance systems
Proposal 2, which is contingent on the approval of Proposal 1, would generate about $9.69 million for:
• Districtwide fencing
• Asbestos removal
• Equipment replacement: classroom tables, student desks, lockers, cafeteria tables
• Athletic improvements: seat replacement, turf replacement, floor refinishing, weight room addition
• Arts improvements: classroom space, increased storage, ceiling replacement
• Improved traffic areas at Lakeshore Middle School and Grand Haven High School
Spring Lake Public Schools has two bond proposals on the ballot, but they aren’t contingent on passage of the other.
Proposal 1 would generate $49.8 million for the purpose of:
• Constructing additions to Holmes and Jeffers elementary schools and Spring Lake Middle School
• Partially remodeling several facilities
• Installing and equipping instructional technology for school facilities
• Purchasing school buses
• Constructing improved elementary school playgrounds
Proposal 2 is a $4.47 million proposal that would improve athletic facilities and fields at the middle school and high school.
Local municipal clerks say there could be a slight increase in turnout at the polls May 6 due to the bond proposals.
“Typically, school elections in May have a low turnout — 10 percent or so,” Grand Haven Township Clerk Sue Buitenhuis said. “That is typically when the non-homestead (renewal) is the only issue on the ballot.”
Grand Haven City Clerk Linda Browand also believes the bond proposals could bring more voters to the polls in May, although past elections involving solely school issues tend to have light turnouts.
“It is usually pretty low,” Browand said. “Usually, when it is a millage renewal, it is a low turnout.”