SL community begins bond input sessions

Community members are giving their feedback about potential options for the future of Spring Lake Public Schools.
Krystle Wagner
Jan 9, 2014

On Wednesday night, more than 50 community members listened as committee members presented three separate proposals addressing needs at Holmes and Jeffers elementary schools, athletics and technology, buses, and the intermediate and middle school.

After an almost two-hour presentation, the audience used electronic devices to vote for how they feel about options presented within the proposals.

The committee will use the information gathered on Wednesday and two upcoming community input sessions to form a recommendation for the district’s school board. The board will decide whether to move forward with a bond proposal to appear on the May ballot.

The 29-person committee spent the last month weighing the district’s needs and gathered data from a survey of registered voters about the proposal defeated in November.

School board President Paul Aldridge, also a member of the special committee, said they listened to the results of the phone survey after the November election.

Aldridge said the new proposals will keep an athletic proposal separate, keep elementary students in two K-4 buildings and keep Grabinski Field in Spring Lake Village.

Committee members Jason Boink and Karla Constantine, who joined the committee after the November bond, presented three scenarios for Jeffers and Holmes.

The next sessions will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at Spring Lake High School; and at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Crockery Township Hall.

The committee will present a recommendation to the school board on Jan. 16. The school board will take an action on the proposed item during a school board meeting at 7:15 p.m. at Spring Lake Intermediate and Middle School.

To read more of this story, see today's print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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