Having attended Spring Lake, we can honestly say we received one of the finest educations possible. However, now as teachers ourselves, we know how much education has changed over the last 20 years and the new demands that face educators on a daily basis.
Although Spring Lake still offers a first rate education with outstanding students, staff and community members, there are things that need to be improved and upgraded in order to continue with that excellence; things such as the buildings themselves, technology, sports fields, and bussing.
As teachers, we believe the idea of an elementary campus, such as the one being proposed, would be ideal. It lends itself to so much more collaboration between teachers for the good of the students, not to mention the fact that the buildings that are currently being used aren't much different than they were when we attended them over 30 years ago.
Will the students continue to get a top rate education if the bond doesn't go through? Absolutely. However, the passage of the bond would open many more opportunities and advantages and save money in the long run.
We also support the building of a new sports complex at the current high school. We, as well as many other people, have strong ties to the current fields and great memories associated with them, but understand that there are updates that need to be done and it's not fiscally responsible to do those updates at the current location. It is a great honor that the fields will retain their current names and carry on the memory of many great coaches from Spring Lake.
Why now? We're sure this is a question many people will be asking. The answer is really quite simple, because of the School Bond Loan Fund which allows many of these upgrades and changes to be done at a very minimal cost to most families. The key is this is a limited fund and if we want to take advantage of it, the time is now!
We urge you to look into the bond and make an informed decision that will best support the future of our most precious commodity, our children. We were lucky enough to have lived in Spring Lake and to feel the love and family like support during a very difficult time in our lives, when our dad passed away. We can truly say we would not be the people we are today without all of the love and support from the schools and the community.
Spring Lake was and always will be our "home." Our dad use to always say, "Never do anything to jeopardize your future as a Laker." We're hoping the community sees the need for the items in the bond proposal and vote to support it and the future of many Laker generations to come.
Brian Grabinski, Angie Hondorp, Jan Lawrence