Chamber supports SL school bond

On November 5, the voters in the Spring Lake Public Schools district will be asked to consider a $59.8 million bond program to fund: a new elementary campus; enhance district-wide technology; upgrade the Intermediate and Middle School, High School and other district buildings to meet current program needs and implement energy savings measures; replace furniture; and purchase buses.
Oct 31, 2013

Excellence has always been a trademark of Spring Lake Public Schools (SLPS) and planning for the future speaks to the continuation of that tradition.  Students of today and tomorrow require a learning environment that will provide them with the educational and technology skills to be successful competing for jobs in a global and 21st century economy.

Our community, through SLPS and their outstanding success in academics, the performing arts and athletics,  is well recognized throughout the state and the nation.  The importance of planning and building for the future is critical and it is a tradition that has guided SLPS to where it is today and where it will be for generations to come.

The Spring Lake Public School District is to be commended for the due diligence of the Internal Review Committee and the Board of Education.  Their inclusion of community and educators  in the process of developing this bond program, responds to the current and future needs of students and community with a strong focus on creating schools that are technology-rich, inspiring, safe, sustainable, nurturing and collaborative. 

Spring Lake Public Schools’ plan takes advantage of access to the State of Michigan’s School Bond Fund keeping cost down.  By using this fund it allows the district to preserve general fund operating dollars for instruction and classroom needs.  Additionally, a savings of approximately $175,000 annually is expected from reducing maintenance costs, improving systems and consolidating campuses.  All and all the school system has created an excellent plan.

The Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce  Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg urges the citizens in the Spring Lake Public School District to vote yes on November 5th to support Bond 2013 supporting the District’s traditions of excellence and commitment to the future for students, staff and the community.

Tony Verplank, chairman; Joy Gaasch, president
The Chamber Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg



$175000.00 sounds great for an annual savings. So if this money is already coming out of the budget, technically you are saying each year there would be an extra $175000.00 to spend somewhere else. Where would that money go then? Because I think we all know that soon they will want newer technology (which I am for), maintenance on the new building, a new middle school (since that is old too and our kids will not get a good education in an old building), and we still have this wonderful debt for the new school to pay for. And as it is now, every time I turn around the school wants to do fundraisers for extra money. So I really don't see how we will be saving any money when you still have debt that is not necessary. Sure does sound great, but doesnt always work out the way it is planned.


Good then the Chamber can pay for it. But they don't. Their clients get property tax abatements. Chamber's property tax bill won't increase. The Chamber doesn't represent ordinary working people. The Chamber is a union for the business owners.

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