Support Prop 2

To the Editor: Grand Haven Band and Orchestra Boosters are in support of Proposal No. 2 as it will provide much needed facility expansion that will improve student safety and student learning experience.
May 2, 2014

Student safety is very important.  Increased storage for instruments clears the pathways in case of an emergency.  Expansion of rehearsal classroom size will reduce decibel sound levels that can lead to hearing loss. Proactive removal of asbestos will prevent unnecessary exposure of asbestos to our children. 

Another area of concern to the Boosters is the lack of proper instrument, uniform and music storage. Expensive instruments cannot be properly stored and are more susceptible to theft and damage. The string instruments are subject to cracking in the dry heat leading to costly repairs. Instruments are stored in the rehearsal room making it nearly impossible for the symphony class to fit. Proposal 2 provides funding for proper storage, protection and security of:
• $250,000+ uniforms
• $600,000+ instruments
• $800,000+ music

The LMS Orchestra room can "comfortably" hold 25 students and has risers (25’ square). Students can barely sit on the risers with stands. Cellists develop bad playing posture due to the verticality they must keep their instruments. The GHHS students rehearse on stage, necessitating additional lighting, heating costs and wear and tear on the facilities.  Scheduling conflicts for the stage have forced 19 rehearsals to be moved resulting in 15-20 minutes lost instruction time, a total loss of 4+ instruction days.  By passing Proposal#2 we will gain music classrooms at LMS and GHHS, improving the student learning environment and instruction.

As a community we need to support our schools. A successful school district attracts residents and businesses.  People move to the Grand Haven area because of our Academic excellence.  Providing an optimal environment is not just our duty but our privilege. Please join us and support Proposal#2.

Paula Whisman
Spring Lake Township

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