When my oldest was attending Jeffers Elementary, Spring Lake was a Class C school district and seeing very modest growth. By the time she was attending High School, Spring Lake jumped to a Class B school district and the area continued to grow. If the school walls weren’t made of bricks, I think you could have seen them bulge.
My youngest age 4, attends class in a “portable” because there is no room for her class to be in the main building. For those of you who have never been in a “portable”, it is basically just a double wide trailer. There are several portables in the Spring Lake School District. Safety for my children and all their classmates is a major concern for me. The portables offer only “basic” protection from the elements. That’s it. If any emergency arises, they have to be moved to the main building. Imagine trying to quickly file 3 to 5 year olds from one room to another much less from one building to another.
Spring Lake is still growing. My son’s class is one of the largest, if not the largest, Kindergarten class to enter the school system. The parking lots, drop-off and pick-up areas were made for when the school had about 150 kids. There are now close to 400 that attend Jeffers Elementary alone. Besides the age factor of the buildings, the design and layout are showing their shortcomings. Imagine if you stayed in the same dorm room, or apartment that you had when you were young, you married and eventually had kids, or had to take care of your aging parents, but still lived in the same dorm or apartment. That lack of space and functionality is where our elementary schools dwell. And the population projections are still trending in positive growth.
I am all for ensuring our kids educational future. I believe Spring Lake will continue to grow. Based on these two factors alone require advancements to our school system. I have only touched on 2 topics as they hit close to home for me. There are other issues that the Bond addresses for the buildings and transportation that are also important. Please consider all the issues and educate yourself on the facts of the Bond before casting your vote.
A mom for our kids education
— Michelle Dewey, Spring Lake