SL schools plans bond info sessions

Spring Lake schools voters can learn about two bond proposals on the May 6 ballot at four upcoming presentations.
Krystle Wagner
Mar 31, 2014


On Tuesday, April 1, Spring Lake Public Schools Superintendent Dennis Furton will present voters with information that will appear on the ballot. The presentation begins at noon at the Spring Lake District Library.
Voters also have opportunities to learn about the proposals during a meeting at 6:30 p.m. on April 17 at Spring Lake District Library, 6:30 p.m. on April 22 at Crockery Township Hall, and on April 27 at 4 p.m. at Spring Lake High School.
Proposal 1 includes major renovations and additions to Holmes and Jeffers elementary schools, renovations to the Intermediate/Middle School, minor upgrades at the high school, technology upgrades throughout the district and bus purchases. The estimated cost for the proposal is $49.8 million.
Proposal 2 provides improvements to Grabinski Stadium, new multi-purpose turf fields at the high school for lacrosse and soccer, upgrades for the existing practice fields, additional parking and restrooms at the high school tennis courts. The estimated cost for this proposal is $4.47 million.
Paul Aldridge, district school board president, said voters should learn about the proposals because they’re different than what was on the fall 2013 ballot.
After the voters defeated the 2013 proposal, the district worked with research firm EPIC-MRA to analyze voter turnout results. They also surveyed about 300 registered voters about the bond proposals and got their thoughts on future scenarios.
Aldridge said one of the suggestions they took from voters was keeping Friday night football games in Spring Lake Village. Grabinski Stadium will remain in the same location, but it will be improved.
“We really tried to listen to what the community said and make adjustments to what we’re requesting,” he said.
The passage of both proposals would increase the district’s current debt from 6.33 mils to 7 mills — a 0.67 mil increase. The proposals aren’t contingent upon each other.
If they pass, the owner of a home valued at $120,000 would pay $40.20 annually.
To read more of this story, see today's edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Appropriate date for it!


We support both Bond Proposals. The schools need improvement and the athletes need fields to practice and to compete on. If we have decent fields we can host District and Regional competitions and make money. There have been too many broken bones practicing on the existing fields. Spring Lake Lacrosse has grown and its a highly desired sport among athletes, they are currently practicing on fields that are not optimal. I hope that these bonds pass. It's good for the community.


The practice fields are atrocious. Ankle sprains, broken bones. Not one to vote for athletics above academics but seriously, the kids are playing on fields worse than our pothole laden roads - and have been. You travel to other schools and they are not in this situation. "Normal" schools...Coopersville for example, we are not talking East GR or Grand Haven whose complexes are like small colleges. We just need fields that don't cause broken bones. I encourage you to check them out yourself behind the high school.


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