However, Spring Lake’s student enrollment is stable and the general fund balance is currently 15.09 percent of revenue. Maintenance costs have gone down over the past 16 years. New cost-saving measures have been implemented this year. Our bargaining unit is offering concessions. It is not necessary for Spring Lake to privatize custodial services at this time.
Superintendent Dennis Furton’s greeting on the district’s website states: “The common thread that unifies all of our services and programs is the commitment to assist every student to achieve success. The strength of this district lies in a resourceful and responsive staff that works in partnerships with students, parents, and community organizations to meet the needs of all SLPS children.” We work as a team in the best interest of our children. The administration seems to have lost its purpose — that we’re all here for the kids.
In the June 7 Grand Haven Tribune, the superintendent said that the decision to privatize is “about cost and only cost,” and that “privatizing custodial services isn’t about whether the current employees are dedicated, or the quality of their work.” Apparently, the superintendent is only concerned about the bottom line and doesn’t care about the quality of the learning environment the district provides for its students or the health and safety of our students. Do you share that point of view?
The superintendent has said that he is concerned with not wanting to be the superintendent who used the fund balance. He should be more concerned about being the superintendent who runs the district and its facilities down. We are not a for-profit business as the district is now being run.
Privatizing turns your tax dollars into a profit for a private company. Where do you see any benefit for the community there? Not only will those tax dollars leave our community, but our local economy will be negatively impacted.
Please, if you are concerned about the potential decline in our school district, come to the school board meeting on Wednesday to express your concerns and help us keep the high standards that Spring Lake Public Schools is accustomed to. If you can’t make it to the school board meeting, please call the school board members to express your concerns.
— Debra Scholz, Spring Lake Educational Support Personnel Association president