Bond Updates

Bond Proposal - Nov 2017  


UpdateGPS Bond Proposal Passes

2495 Yes Votes / 2096 No Votes

On behalf of Greenville Public Schools, the Board of Education, Administration and staff, I would like to thank the Greenville community for displaying their overwhelming support for our students and our schools by passing this bond.  This investment will allow us to continue to inspire excellence by addressing safety and security issues, creating 21st century learning spaces, enhancing classroom instruction and providing skilled trades programs.  As a school district, we cherish the partnership we have with community members and businesses and are excited to move into the future collaboratively.  This is a victory for our students and our community as we believe that every single person will be positively impacted by the passing of the bond proposal. 

We are grateful to the many volunteers who worked so hard and spent countless hours and resources over the past several months sharing the message of the bond with the community and educating voters.  Their commitment to our students and community is commendable and appreciated.  

I would invite you to stay involved with the district.  Your dedication and compassion are invaluable assets to our schools and to our students.  We need your support more than ever as we work to ensure every student in our school is able to experience authentic learning and pursue their dreams.

Again, thank you for your support.  We look forward to working with you as we continue on our journey to Inspiring Excellence each and every day.  We have an incredible community and your show of support for GPS is a win for our students and a win for our community.  Thank you for your vote of confidence and your investment in the future of our students.


With Gratitude,

Linda Van Houten
Superintendent

Safety, Rigor and Relevance

The new proposal focuses on Safety, Rigor and Relevance.

Safety, by providing additional parking, safer parent and bus drop-off areas and upgrading secured building entrances.

Rigor, by preparing our students for both continuing education and the workplace in an ever-changing and diverse world through new focused problem-based learning. New furnishings and new collaborative workspaces will help build upon the current skill base and allow students to be more competitive in the world of work.

Relevance, by providing upgraded facilities and equipment that add more real life skill-based programs focused on 21st century skills and experiences that support our community and set our students up for long term success.

 

Bond Proposal history & planning

Bond Proposal

Teaching and learning look much differently today than when our buildings were constructed and renovated. Diverse student instructional needs have expanded and can be better supported with physical and academic environments that inspire 21st century student learning. 

In order to plan accordingly, we embarked on a facilities assessment process. In this process, all buildings and sites were evaluated, providing both a snapshot of the district's current facility needs and a look forward to the district's anticipated needs. The facilities assessment process included a community survey to obtain feedback regarding current facilities, operations and programming.

May 2, 2017 Election

On Monday, February 6th, the Board of Education voted (7-0) to adopt a resolution calling for a bond during the May 2, 2017 Election.  Greenville Public Schools will be hosting three public information forums to educate community members on the bond proposal.  Please consider joining us at the Central Services Facility (1414 Chase Street) on one or more of the following dates:

February 27 at 6:30 pm
March 20 at 12:00 pm
April 12 at 6:30 pm

Thank you in advance for taking the time to learn more about our bond proposal.

On Monday, August 14, 2017 the Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to allow the district to put the bond issue to a vote on November 7, 2017.

This past May, over 3,400 residents turned out to vote on a school bond proposal. Though the proposal failed, we thank you for the valuable feedback received following the election. The Board of Education has carefully reviewed community feedback, and has drafted a revised smaller proposal that if approved by voters, would improve all school buildings and impact every student.

Things you should know

How much will it cost you?

This bond will be an estimated 1.2 mill increase to the current millage. Below is a chart to show approximately how much the bond will cost based on the taxable value of your home.

Market Value Taxable Value [1] Millage Increase Annual Tax Increase Monthly Tax Increase Daily Tax Increase
$50,000 $25,000 1.20 $30.00 $2.50 $0.08
$100,000 $50,000 1.20 $60.00 $5.00 $0.16
$150,000 $75,000 1.20 $90.00 $7.50 $0.25
$200,000 $100,000 1.20 $120.00 $10.00 $0.33


How will the bond impact student learning?
 

  • Additional skill-based programs in the areas of Robotics, Construction, HVAC and Electrical along with upgrading the current Welding, Machinery and Construction programs will help train students for the world of work, especially in the skilled trades area.
  • New technology and infrastructure will enable students and staff to have easy access to innovative learning opportunities with updated equipment.
  • Renovated science labs will bring real life experiences to students, which will enable them to be engaged in more relevant learning that ties to this field of work.
    Newly created collaborative learning areas will enable students to have more space for group work, collaborative learning and will shift learning from "sit and get" to "explore and engage".
  • New classroom furniture will enable teachers to provide instruction that focuses on active learning and is proven to have a positive impact on student engagement. Instruction will focus on problem-based learning, collaborative learning, innovation and creativity. It will also allow for flexibility of classroom configuration and movement for individual students. 

How is this different from the last bond proposal?

After listening to our community through individual conversations, key communicator meetings and a post-bond survey, we made several adjustments to the bond proposal:

  • Reduced the score of the bond by 11.2%, from $52.3M to $46.4M
  • Reduced the millage from a 1.4 mill increase to 1.2 mill increase
  • Reduced the years of the bonds from 30 years to 20 years
  • Eliminated new buses
  • Eliminated track resurfacing
  • Reduced the amount allocated to the performing arts center
  • Eliminated relocating the offices at Walnut Hills and Lincoln Heights
  • Reduced the mechanical work at the high school

How do I learn more about the bond proposal?

Social Media: GPSJackets (Facebook & Twitter)

  • Public information forums are being conducted throughout the district, please see the list below for additional information.
  • Building specific project listings and renderings are displayed at each school building as well as at the bottom of this page. 
  • If you have further questions, contact Superintendent Linda Van Houten at 616-754-3686 or by email at vanhoutl@gpsjackets.com.  

Public Information Forums:

As of Saturday, October 28th, we completed our last scheduled Public Information Forum.  

If you have any questions regarding the bond proposal, we encourage you to contact Superintendent Linda Van Houten at 616.754.3686 or vanhoutl@gpsjackets.com.


Voting Information:

Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
External LinkVoter Registration Information
External LinkMichigan Student Voting Information

Absentee Voting: Absent voter ballots are available starting Saturday, September 23, 2017 through Saturday, November 4, 2017
External LinkVoter Absentee Information
External LinkAbsent Voter Ballot Application - November 7, 2017 Election

Vote Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 7:00am-8:00pm
Poll Locations: Registered voters may cast a ballot at the polling location established by their city/township

The City of Greenville's Transit System will provide FREE transportation for City of Greenville and Eureka Township Residents to their respective polling station on Tuesday, November 7th.  Please note, Greenville Transit will be operating their normal hours (6:00am-6:00pm) on Election Day.  Please call 616.754.9331 to arrange service or if you have any questions.     

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