Keep elementary school in village

To the Editor: The Spring Lake school bond issue, if successful, will deprive the village of an elementary school.
Oct 4, 2013

Holmes School is doing an excellent job. It is in walking and biking distance for many children or a very short drive for parents. It is on the same campus of the intermediate and middle schools.

As we learned from the library millage several years ago, building on the same site allowed for continued function and a great new building. The same could be done with Holmes by placing a new building behind the current building. This also could be done at Jeffers.

Plans for the high school sports fields seem to me to be overdrawn and excessive. I would like to see another try with a scaled-back plan to upgrade our schools and support the excellent programs currently in place.

Leslie Newman
Spring Lake

 

Comments

gordbzz231

ALL I HEAR IS BIGGER AND BETTER, THE STUDENTS DESERVE IT, WHAT ABOUT THE TAXPAYERS, ARE THEY WILLING TO FOOT A TAX INCREASE, WELL, GRAND HAVEN BOTH HAVE NEW HIGH SCHOOLS AND OUT OF THE CITY, INCREASE IN SPENDING FOR MORE BUSING,

Tri-cities realist

We read you loud and clear. You can turn off the CAPS lock now.

christopher

It is time to reconsider this entire proposal and come back with something more reasonable.

Zegota

We must look at the full picture and understand that our nation economy is not strong, in fact it is very sick, and nor is our economic future. Any higher taxes on those with fix income, or limited income, such as many retirees should not be required to pay higher taxes.

The only way that this could or may be possible, is for the state to allow all retired Seniors to be free of school taxes of any kind, because they have paid there fair share of school taxes.

Now if the federal government would finally understand and control the runaway spending and borrowing on our children's future, and actually cut our national debt, it might be a different story. But a economic storm is surely coming, and it will make the recent recession seem like a picnic.
Wake-up America, because the whole thing is just about ready to blow up in our faces and we have no one too blame but ourselves. No new taxes, no new taxes, get it.

ggravish

If you look at the summary of upgrades, there's a whole lotta luxury items on there.

ConcernedCitizen

I don't think I would call a building with a heating and cooling system that actually works, a luxury item. Security, in this day and age, is not a luxury item. Busses that meet safety codes and don't cost $9000 per year to maintain is not a luxury item. It will cost us 8X more money to any one of these improvements due to limitations in the School Bond Loan Fund. The money in this fund is running out!

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