Zero payback on SL bond proposal

To the Editor: I agree with the group that is suggesting that a great deal more information needs to be forth coming before the voters go to the polls on November 5, 2013.
Oct 22, 2013

 

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!

George Raymer
Spring Lake

Comments

LakerAlum87

We will also be running a deficit with our operational costs again this year and all the administration does is point to Lansing. It is time we figure out how to balance our budget so teachers/staff aren't wondering each year if they will have a job. In the mean time 60 million dollars could be spent on facilities that may end up not being properly staffed.

It reminds of people who buy things because they want them without figuring out the long-term affects.

zwesterhouse

We just can't afford it. Robotic technology is going through another quantum leap hear in the near future. Which means more unemployment and plunging wages.
For people who vote yes on this - how do you plan on paying it when your revenue streams continue to disappear.

 

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