Investing in our future

Dear Editor: On Tuesday, May 6, three proposals will be on the ballot for the Grand Haven Area Public Schools.
Apr 23, 2014

The first ballot item is a renewal of the Non-Principal Residence millage, which will allow our district to continue to provide critical instructional services to our students. This renewal will not increase our taxes, but will continue the current funding of our schools.

Bond Proposal 1, for $36 million, will provide for 1-to-1 technology and infrastructure improvements in all GHAPS district buildings, resources for roof and bus replacements, funds for safety and security upgrades, and student learning equipment. The passage of Proposal 1 will not increase the current millage rate for voters, due to the retirement of previous bond debts, so this is an excellent opportunity to improve our schools without increasing our current taxes.

Bond Proposal 2, for $9.6 million, allows for districtwide fencing, asbestos removal, improved traffic areas at Grand Haven High School and Lakeshore Middle School, athletic improvements, and critical arts improvements. This proposal would increase the current mill rate by 0.47 mill.

Our school district has worked hard to maintain and improve our schools, and these proposals are necessary to sustain a vibrant and competitive Grand Haven Area Public Schools district for the next 10 years. Even if all three proposals pass, our district will still have the lowest school tax levy in Ottawa County!

As tri-chairpersons of the Investing in Our Future Citizens Committee, please join us in voting yes on all three proposals on Tuesday, May 6. Thank you!

Patrick Moran, Sandy Huber, Jeff Beswick

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