Be a part of the solution

The elementary education landscape in Spring Lake could look considerably different in the near future.
Mar 5, 2013


A committee, consisting mostly of Spring Lake education professionals, was given the task of re-thinking the school district's elementary education experience. The results of the committee's discussions were revealed at a recent school board meeting. 

A very daunting task, to say the least.

Committee members worked diligently over the past several months, and their efforts are very much appreciated. At the core of their presentation were the kids, and how they would benefit by having a more enhanced educational experience.

Now it’s time for the real work to begin. 

Community forums will be held March 7 and 21 at Holmes and Jeffers elementary schools to gain input from the public. We encourage the public to attend both meetings, as input will vary, and future direction will likely be based on that input.

The vast majority of American students attend school in older buildings, many of which are approaching 50 years old. These buildings do not, for the most part, have the essential components that have been found necessary for a good learning environment.

As a result of this situation, research exploring the relationship between building condition and student performance is vitally important.

The state requires that elementary schoolchildren spend a minimum of 1,098 hours of instructional time each school year, most of which are within the walls of a school building. By the time they complete the fourth grade, that equals about 5,500 hours of their lives, so it’s clear that providing up-to-date facilities is vital to the education of our youth.

Spring Lake Public Schools has a high standard of excellence, and the plan on how to move forward should be reflective of that same standard. Get involved, provide input and be a part of the solution.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.



A remodel may be in place for Spring Lake Schools, but the drastic changes that our school board is pushing is a little too extreme. A top 2% school is a huge deal, now we are wanting to change quite a few things around to see what happens? Where is this money going to come from to do all these changes? Spring Lake is already taxed high enough, no way would I vote for even higher taxes. How about for all the people who do school of choice and come to Spring Lake yet pay lower taxes in their school districts help out a little?


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