SL parents ask board for public discussion

Parents of Spring Lake students have asked to have their voices heard in a plan for “reimagining” the district's two elementary schools.
Krystle Wagner
Jan 23, 2013

The Spring Lake Elementary Planning Committee has been tasked with making a recommendation to the school board regarding a potential building reconfiguration. Parents are asking members of the committee and the school board to take public opinion and thoughts into account before making a decision.

Planning committee member Michelle Prince informed parents at the Jeffers Parents Organization meeting last week about the two options the committee is pondering. At that time, the committee was considering leaving Jeffers and Holmes elementary schools as they are, or building a new school next to Holmes Elementary to house students in grades kindergarten through fourth.

Last week, committee members said the school board is expecting a recommendation in February.

Heidi Heinz, who has a child attending Jeffers Elementary School and another at the high school, said she would like a meeting that laid out the pros and cons while it's still in the planning stage.

“It’s a huge decision to do,” Heinz told the school board at its meeting this week.

Angela Hyde, who has two children attending Jeffers Elementary School, asked that the board take into account the thoughts of parents and hold a public forum when they hear the committee’s recommendation.

Although the school board didn’t address either parents' comments, Spring Lake Superintendent Dennis Furton discussed the reconfiguration topic during his report to the board. Should the committee recommend building another school as the best option, he said the board would learn more about it and hold community discussions because it could be part of a potential bond campaign.

“I don’t anticipate it as an action item in March,” Furton said.

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