Wants another option on SL bond

To the Editor: There is enough money in the community to raise money for things we need. We can get technology in many different ways, fundraisers, school loans. This is just one way to rope voters in.
Oct 28, 2013

The buildings are not in that bad of shape. Jeffers has had many upgrades, and has plenty of space to have more. Holmes needs work.I will agree there, but not 23 million dollars worth. I do not want my kids paying for their own education in 25 years, when they have to worry about their children's education, and upgrading things again. Nothing will ever be good enough.

We can raise money we can get smaller amounts to do the NEED items now. We are a small community. KEEP IT THAT WAY. We own enough property at each school to do the improvements on that property. There are other options. Spring Lake Public Schools are excellent schools because of the parents and teachers not because they have a cool building. Not because they have a fake brand new football field. Not because we are paying for new tablet computers for kids for 30 years!! This is not what the kids NEED!! They need an education.They are getting that. They need a chair, teacher, food and a roof over their heads!! When did people forget that?

A new facility is not the answer! Yes, we need a new bus garage and buses, but if we were doing things right, wouldn't that have been taken care of?  Wait, I know lets bribe the community, see if we can take advantage of our residents. As a school shouldn't we be teaching our children the correct way to get things, not give our kids everything on a silver platter.Not give them it all, and let everyone pay for it.That is the easy way. I get it. Sounds great. 34.00 for 30 years. Awesome!! So I should go get a loan for something I don't need for my kids because the opportunity is there. Does anyone see this is why our kids are spoiled brats? What about that lady or man in the store with the screaming kid.. Bet they got that loan.

Wake up people. we do not NEED all that for our kids to have a better education. The fields are not that bad. If they are, lets get together as a COMMUNITY.(there is a new word COMMUNITY) and fix it.  We can fix it, move it, but lets work together to get it done! There is enough money and skills in SPRING LAKE to make things better for our kids without 99,000,000.00 which is what you will be handing over in 30 years. That's IF the interest rate stays the same, and the school bond loan fund does not need more money to pay off the balance and have to raise the interest!!

I know there were meetings for the parents and teachers to discuss a new elementary plan, then a new plan, then a NEW PLAN, then community involvement. This is a community decision, old and young. A decision that is dividing the small community for all the wrong reasons. I just hope that as a community, you will get information on the Bond proposed, and get out and VOTE on November 5, 2013. not  because we don't need things in Spring Lake, but because we need to be educated about what we need in Spring Lake. There has to be another option, 30 years is not mine.

Nancy Kucks
Mother of 4 Laker kids, Spring Lake

 

Comments

kookwan

I agree with the above. Most of all - get out and Vote NO. There is one last meeting with regard to the bond on Wednesday, October 30 at the Barber Street School at 7:00 PM. I encourage everyone to come to the meeting. You don't get a chance to speak much, as they have limited the open talk part of the meeting. Asking a question when you have one. You must now wait until they tell you it is ok to talk. EVERYONE COME TO THE MEETING AND VOICE YOUR OPINION ON HOW THIS IS ABOUT WANTS INSTEAD OF NEEDS. THEN VOTE NO AND I WILL BET YOU WILL SEE ANOTHER VOTE - SCALED DOWN WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR.
MOST OF ALL - EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE......

SLsenior

As a senior citizen, living in the village, I think the school plan has merit and I am voting YES. Both elementary schools need huge improvements and money borrowing rates are still low. The problems will never go away so postponing the inevitable will not save taxpayers in the long run. I also believe the students need their athletic facilities at their school location. They deserve no less. And, come on folks, we're taking LESS THAN SIX TENTHS OF MILL HERE. We voted in that much with the N.O. Aging and Dial-a-Ride millage. So please think about this because if you turn this down this year, you most certainly will have to address it in the very near future.

imabelieber

Both elementary schools do not need huge improvements. Jeffers was updated 6 years ago. We can raise money as a community for the athletic fields to move, if that is what the players and coaches want, and 30 years.. there are other options.. also, we have enough property on the Jeffers and Holmes sites to build expand, fix etc.. 30 years is a long time for a school mill.. when we will need another in 5 years. look at the facts!!

ohreally

Well said Nancy! I will say that in the pre-Furton era, SL generally was fairly economical. You mentioned the bus issue. SL has always had old buses. In 2004 (or 05) SL purchased 5 buses from Grand Haven...8-10 years later they are still on the road! Weird how instead of buying $80000 buses, SL was able to grab up some used buses to get beat up on the roads for probably a tenth of the cost and doubled their life span from GH (the buses are 1993s).

All of your points are spot on! It's not the buildings that make the school and the success, it's the amazing staff, involved parents, and hard work from students! Rabideau and the football team's comments about Grabinski Field shows the passion and enjoyment of what we currently have! VOTE NO!

Vance

Really $60,000,000 over 30 years for technology that will be outdated in 8 years. Hmmm....sounds like someone didn't get it right a few years ago when the "new" school was built. So in 8 years when an updated technology bond is needed how will we handle that? Let's see a long term 30 year plan! It should includes an eight year replacement and update budget that has been truly looked at by an outside source,not given as a line item from an architectural firm.

It's obvious this administration has no foresight or vision. Words that the rest of the nation are beginning to claim such as sustaining, recycle, reclaim, upgrade, renew are blatantly left out of the package. They are following the vision other communities have created......10 years ago. So we have a sports facility similar to Grand Haven??? What will be the returns? This administration is not leading, they are following. Educational facilities are not supposed to "be like" other school systems. They are supposed to meet the unique needs of the community. This administrations leadership and vision is limited to the borders of their personal desires and goals.

It would be interesting to see what "Outstanding" accomplishment that this replacement superintendent has created or accomplished for our community. He has followed in great footsteps but his imprint on our community is soft like a footstep in sand.

Teacher's need more help to teach, more social interaction with their students, teachers and aids. More one on one opportunities with the students. Can an iPad replace a teacher's aid? Is the concern for our students actual growth or to meet the perceived norm for school systems?

What's wrong with the facilities we have for sports. The don't seem to be holding back the teams from competing at high levels. The fields are all nice, the tennis courts are great. Watching a fall sunset from Grabinski or the soccer field! The money should be invested into more training staff, more coaches a large indoor facility for football, soccer, baseball and tennis.Our athletes need year around support in their interests, not just fleeting moments for a part time coach and athletic director. A large indoor facility could help the community by renting back the space to other interests not just fancy fields and dugouts for a limited number of students.

Do we not see in Spring Lake the huge industry in professional athletics and the support staff for those teams/industry? Are we missing the huge opportunities for students in Spring Lake to achieve higher opportunities of education along with scholarships and grants for involvement in athletics? Is their a real value to winning a league title other than a medal, a trophy that sits in the A.D.'s office for bragging rights and another story of "the good old days". How can new facilities make a difference in an individual student athlete? More support staff and higher levels of competition create more opportunities. Are we really that tight on our budget that we can't play teams from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois....would not that exposure be great for our student athletes?

If your student has ever experienced rejection, discrimination, isolation, favoritism or has not received the "special favors" because the "connections" or relationships with the school administration or teachers is not the same status. Vote NO!

If you requested extra aid and have been promised changes and help but did not see that happen. Vote NO!

If you are concerned that your student has not received the same attention or respect. Vote NO!

It is very easy for words to be said in the "correct" manner to give the presumed view that all are being treated equally...but the feeling in your gut tells you that your student is not being treated equally. Vote NO!

As a parent of Spring Lake students whose children continually receive "favored status" it makes me sick to have other students not offered the same opportunities. Vote No!!

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