School board excited about bond approval

Members of the Grand Haven school board shared their excitement this week for the new technology upgrades and improvements made possible by district voters approving two bond proposals earlier this month.
Julie Angell
May 24, 2014

Although one of the bonds will help push Grand Haven’s schools into the future with technology, the funding is still stuck in the early 2000s, according to Superintendent Keith Konarska. He said the district’s funding is comparable to the foundation allowance of 2005-06 school year.

The School Improvement Plan was also discussed by the board at its meeting earlier this week, and Mary A. White Elementary School Principal Valerie Livingston said it includes introducing more project-based learning to kids.

Fourth-grade teacher Angela Huntington introduced a couple of her students to the board and shared her excitement for the approved bond funding.

School board member Joanne Query said the state’s public education excellence won’t be sustained if there’s a lack of funding. She said the bond doesn’t relieve the district’s operational expenses.

“We want fine young people to be able to grow and develop,” Query said.

Logan DeWitt, along with a few of her fellow students from Grand Haven High School, were honored at the meeting for their outstanding achievements in performance arts. Ten GHHS students went to the Michigan Youth Arts Festival earlier this month for orchestra, band, theater and vocal performances.

“It was cool to see how many kids we have that are so immensely talented,” DeWitt said.

The Grand Haven district’s proposed budget for the next school year will be the subject of a public hearing June 2. For now, Konarska said they are waiting to hear from the state about school funding details.

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