SL schools plans bond info sessions

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:11 PM

On Tuesday, April 1, Spring Lake Public Schools Superintendent Dennis Furton will present voters with information that will appear on the ballot. The presentation begins at noon at the Spring Lake District Library.


Voters also have opportunities to learn about the proposals during a meeting at 6:30 p.m. on April 17 at Spring Lake District Library, 6:30 p.m. on April 22 at Crockery Township Hall, and on April 27 at 4 p.m. at Spring Lake High School.


Proposal 1 includes major renovations and additions to Holmes and Jeffers elementary schools, renovations to the Intermediate/Middle School, minor upgrades at the high school, technology upgrades throughout the district and bus purchases. The estimated cost for the proposal is $49.8 million.


Proposal 2 provides improvements to Grabinski Stadium, new multi-purpose turf fields at the high school for lacrosse and soccer, upgrades for the existing practice fields, additional parking and restrooms at the high school tennis courts. The estimated cost for this proposal is $4.47 million.


Paul Aldridge, district school board president, said voters should learn about the proposals because they’re different than what was on the fall 2013 ballot.


After the voters defeated the 2013 proposal, the district worked with research firm EPIC-MRA to analyze voter turnout results. They also surveyed about 300 registered voters about the bond proposals and got their thoughts on future scenarios.


Aldridge said one of the suggestions they took from voters was keeping Friday night football games in Spring Lake Village. Grabinski Stadium will remain in the same location, but it will be improved.


“We really tried to listen to what the community said and make adjustments to what we’re requesting,” he said.


The passage of both proposals would increase the district’s current debt from 6.33 mils to 7 mills — a 0.67 mil increase. The proposals aren’t contingent upon each other.


If they pass, the owner of a home valued at $120,000 would pay $40.20 annually.


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


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