Get informed on bond proposal

To the Editor: Dear Community Neighbor, On November 5, 2013, a school bond proposal will be brought before us the voters that impacts the future of Spring Lake Public Schools.
Oct 28, 2013

We will be asked to consider a $59.8 million bond program to fund:

·         New elementary school;

·         Enhance district-wide technology

·         Upgrade the Intermediate, Middle and High Schools to meet current programming needs

·         Upgrade athletic fields

·         Implement energy saving measures

·         Replace furniture /  purchase buses

·         Allow for essential improvements to assure the health, safety and operational efficiencies of the buildings

This $59.8 Million bond increase for an aver $120,000 homeowners increases our property taxes

·         $34 per yr.

·         $2.83 a month Approximately

A great investment for the future of our children and community.  A Win Win Proposition in our opinion!

Every one of the items listed is beneficial to our children and our community.  Instead of being short sighted, we as a community need to look at the big picture and long term Benefit & Savings this bond offers.  At some point all of these items requested will need to be done, so by acting now to ensure Spring Lake Schools can move forward, allows for a cost savings down the road.

As active parents, with a child in high school, our child will not fully benefit from all of the updates in the schools, but we as a family will certainly benefit from all this bond proposal brings to the community!  We are all concerned about the value of our homes and the desirability of our community to business and future families.  Strong schools make for good neighborhoods and build strong communities!

I hope that you will join me, and many others in our community, in supporting this bond proposal to maintain the quality of our school district.  Your YES Vote will make it possible for our district  continue their commitment to educational excellence as well as strengthen our “small community.”

For anyone whom does not fully understand what is at stake, we encourage you to attend many of the informational meetings and ask questions and come with an OPEN MIND - WE DID and it did make a difference !!!

— Jack and Sonja Denning, Spring Lake



Here are some other facts for you that I'm guessing Mr. Furton did not point out..the difference in the age of the IS/MS vs. both ES buildings is 5 years. How is it that two buildings are in disrepair, but another (according to Mr. Furton's presentation) has "good bones" and will last another 40-50 years. Something tells me that he is correct on the IS/MS and that Holmes and Jeffers have very similar bones.

I also am not sure you have been in the buildings lately. Although there are some noted repairs that need to happen, both Holmes and Jeffers are FAR from outdated and will absolutely do a superb job of educating our children.

60 million is too high of a tag to hold over our kids. Vote NO and let's see how quick Mr. Furton and the board will move and present a more logical proposal to the community with the same millage rate and half the price.

One more thing, why do you suppose that the board and Mr. Furton rolled this all into one proposal? I truly believe that their angle is "it's for the kids" and as a result give us the other Cadillac options that we want too. Allendale recently had a bond and split it into 3 categories...SL could have EASILY done that and allowed for the community to choose priorities for OUR KIDS.

There are many other facts and there is plenty of skewed information in Mr. Furton's presentation. Just look at the "location" of the pictures...there are many ways in which improvements can be made to Jeffers, Holmes, and the IS/MS without a 60 million dollar price tag.


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