School plans presented in Crockery

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:46 PM

teve Overacker, secretary of the Spring Lake school board and a member of a special committee, told residents gathered at the Crockery Township Hall that the committee is looking for feedback as they form a bond proposal recommendation for the school board.

"We need to listen to you," he told the audience.

The school board will decide whether or not to move forward with a bond proposal when it meets Jan. 20. The proposal is expected to be put before voters in May.

Residents looked over handouts as committee members presented three options addressing needs at Holmes and Jeffers elementary schools.

Option A expands both elementary schools through small additions and renovations. It would cost about $15 million. Some of the items the schools would receive would include new classrooms, cafeterias, secure entrances and heating-and-cooling systems, and the removal of portable buildings.

Option B would cost about $29 million, and it would provide larger renovations and add classrooms. Each school would receive a new gym, cafeteria, technology infrastructure, roof and some furniture.

Option C would construct two new elementary schools for about $35 million.

All three of the scenarios for the district’s athletics proposal would keep Grabinski Field in the village. The options range from $3.5 million to $6.3 million to upgrade the track, fields and team rooms, as well as add restrooms at the high school.

A proposal for the intermediate/middle school, high school and buses would cost about $22.9 million. It would include 1-to-1 technology, interactive workstations for staff, additional parking, a new bus loop, removal of portable classrooms, ceiling and lighting upgrades, new library/media center, kitchen, locker rooms, and 10 new buses.

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