Urges support for SLPS proposal

To the Editor: The Spring Lake Public Schools Board of Education, the administration and the community have been responsible stewards assuring quality education and safety for three generations of young Lakers at Holmes and Jeffers elementary schools. Their consistent care and support have extended the use of the over-60-year-old buildings.
Apr 21, 2014

Now is the time that our continued stewardship is necessary to extensively renovate and add to these aging facilities to assure continued educational excellence and safety for this and future Laker generations.

A "yes" vote on the May 6 bond proposal protects the investments made most recently at Holmes and Jeffers, and preserves the quality of life to which we are accustomed: vibrant, high-performing, neighborhood elementary schools in the village and the township.

Mary Keeton
Spring Lake Township



You urge the Spring Lake residents to vote yes ? but they already no a few months ago.


Thank you for the friendly reminder to go and vote NO on May 6.


There are two public meetings left for those of you who would like more information/clarification or for those of you who have questions/comments:

Tonight - Crockery Township Hall @ 6:30
Sunday, April 27 - Spring Lake High School @ 4:00

Community members at last week Thursday's meeting (Spring Lake District Library) had excellent questions/comments. I was pleased with how everyone handled themselves and how everyone had an opportunity to share. Regardless of how community members are planning on voting everyone showed respect for one another. It was much appreciated.


I still struggle with the overall dollar amount as well as the arrogance of the "pro-bond" supporters at these forums (at least at the ones I attended). I really want to have an open mind about this, but when ever someone states a serious and real concern about the dollar values and other details of these bond issues, the "pro-bond" voices try to bully anyone with a different opinion into just being quiet.

Just to be clear, this is not me "feeling bad" about the way I was treated at a meeting. I just went to the meeting to learn and listen. But every time someone voice an alternative view they were shot down and bullied. My hope was that we could have an intelligent and reasonable conversation instead of being steamrolled.

I wish my school district the best (by the way ... congratulations on your recent top ranking in US News and World Report) but part of being a good school is civility.


What meeting(s) are you referring too? This certainly wasn't the case at last Thursday night's meeting. I felt it was very open.


I remember you stating this before so I went back and looked up your previous comment and you stated it was from the "Middle School" meeting when the new proposal "options" were being talked about. This was probably in January.

I do remember that meeting being a little "uneasy". This is something we talked about later that those who felt strong about the bond still needed to respect others and their comments.

Obviously everyone isn't going to agree on the proposal but it is important than everyone has a voice and they feel comfortable being heard.

My hope at tonight's meeting we will see that same openness we saw at last Thursday night's meeting.

Thanks for your comments.

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