I have read with interest the information that has been printed in the Tribune and disseminated by the school district. The wants are much more evident than the needs as outlined.
Over the past few years the district has spent many dollars upgrading the current elementary and intermediate schools. This money is spent and the improvements along with the building will go to the trash disposal. In the past most school district moved to build neighborhood elementary schools so that students could walk and not be put on buses for several hours each day.
What happened to this concept? Maybe it is time to reconsider before the district incurs nearly $60 million of new debt.
The proposal includes $2.8 million to relocate and build a new bus garage and storage yard with proposed savings of $50,000 per year, if you get your calculator out, that is a payback of 56 years. What business would ever make that type of investment? Also it is proposed to build a new athletic complex at a cost estimated at $7.4 million to only maintain current operating cost.
That is zero payback. What sense does this make? What it looks like is another case of keeping up with Grand Haven.
The district knows how many buses they have and the need to replace a percentage of the fleet each year. If the district does any long term planning the replacement funds should have been set aside in a reserve each year.
Is not it time for our school districts to be run like the multi-million dollars businesses that they are?
Just consider the millions that could be saved and put in to educating the students if the Spring Lake and another school district would consolidate. Just eliminating one superintendent and staff would save thousands of dollars!