In coming weeks, the school board will make a decision about the best approach to meet district needs for technology, safety, security and facilities — which were outlined during a recent work session.
The board is looking into creating a bond proposal for voters that would include one-to-one technology, infrastructure improvements, desktop replacements, instructional technology replacement, phone system upgrade, equipment replacement and updated security cameras. The bond would also include bus replacements, improved traffic areas for Grand Haven High School and Lakeshore Middle School, public address system upgrades, districtwide fencing, asbestos removal, asphalt replacement, equipment replacement, and improvements to athletic facilities.
District officials are considering a bond that would replace a current bond debt due to expire, which would mean no increase in taxes. It would generate about $32 million over a 10-year period.
The district could also generate $2.3 million for each additional one-tenth of a mill increase over 10 years.
Voters in the Grand Haven school district have previously supported bond proposals that have included technology, safety improvements, athletic facilities and energy-efficiency updates.
Doug Start, the district’s technology director, said a committee comprised of staff, parents, school board members and local businesses has spent the past year looking at the district’s technology needs. He said discussions didn’t focus on specific items, but rather increasing access to tools that will allow students to create and collaborate together for "21st-century learning."
The committee also visited districts comparable to Grand Haven’s size to learn from their challenges and successes.
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