As more and more precincts reported, it became clear that both Grand Haven and Spring Lake voters had given their stamps of approval to a handful of bond proposals that will help keep the schools among the best in the state, and the nation, for many years.
These bond votes weren’t slam dunks. One only has to look back to last November’s vote — when Spring Lake residents shot down a more aggressive proposal — to realize that voters weren’t going to simply give the bonds a green light.
Instead, the school districts put in the time to find out what the voters wanted, then devoted more hours to selling the proposals to the community.
In the end, the efforts were successful, and the children of the Tri-Cities area will benefit greatly from those efforts for years to come.
More than that, last Tuesday’s vote may offer a glimpse into the future of our economy. For voters to approve every proposal on the ballot — including bonds for athletic facilities, which are desired but certainly not required — shows that residents of West Michigan have a bit more faith in the direction the economy is headed.
It also shows that the residents of Grand Haven and Spring Lake school districts realize just how vital strong schools are to the vibrancy of a community.
People want to live and work in places with quality schools, and passing these bonds will no doubt help our schools remain on the cutting edge of technology while also offering plenty of extracurricular options for our students.
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