GRPS feels the time is right to ask voters for $175 million

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-Momentum is high with the Grand Rapids Public School District.  Graduation rates, attendance rates and ACT scores are all up in the district, that's why district officials feel the time is right to ask for $175 million in a bond proposal this coming November.  The district is beginning what it calls phase two of its transformation plan.  That master plan includes expanding the Enviornmental Science Academy all the way through grade 12, a Public Museum School, a Zoo School and even a Baccalaureate Academy.  If the bond passes, the average homeowner with a home valued at $100,000 would pay $8.33 more per month, or $100 per year for 20 to 25 years.  If the bond measure fails, Director of Communications at GRPS, John Helmholdt says the district would have to rely more on private donors, which could slow down some of the expansion plans.

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1 Comment

  • Maleena D.

    Yeah, let me know how that works out for you, GRPS.
    Have you seen what is going on with Saginaw’s school district? Because that is where GRPS is heading if they don’t completely reform the way they approach running a school district. The only way to become solvent is to increase enrollment. And the only way to increase enrollment is to drop all the extraneous nonsense that has NOTHING to do with education. Who cares of federal dollars are tied to it, if it has nothing to do with education, it should be abandoned. People with food needs should go through social services to get it, not the Dept of Ed. Sports programs are great, but tie up money that could be used for education and should be dropped until they can be paid for out of a budget surplus.

    The solution here is not more money, it is wiser spending and program cutting with a focus on *gasp!* academic education.