April 27, 2017 Superintendent’s Blog
$$$ MONEY MATTERS – Continued
It is a privilege to be a superintendent. Even more so to be the superintendent of Northview Public Schools – a school district with a distinguished history of teaching students in a nurturing and caring environment. Daily I am impressed to witness students, teachers and families working together in “Preparing Students for Life’s Next Step.”
Northview Public Schools is committed to doing what is best for students, but it would be naïve to say that we can maintain all of our current programs without the necessary financial resources. Candidly, we are struggling to keep our quality programs in place. We are hampered in creating the learning experiences our students need to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
Because of inadequate funding from Lansing over the past 10 years, all of the public school districts in Kent County requested that Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) hold a special election on May 2, 2017. The special election, Strong Schools, Strong Communities, asks Kent County residents to consider a 0.9 millage. The average annual cost to a Northview homeowner is $6.70 per month. What does this mean for Northview schools? An additional $211 per student in funding for the 2017-18 school year. That’s more than $700,000 additional funds in the first year and the millage is for the next 10 years.
If approved, the Strong Schools, Strong Communities proposal will allow Northview to maintain existing programs and improve student offerings over the next 10 years. Examples include:
- Student Services: With mental health as critical to academic success as physical well-being, we will continue to promote positive mental and physical health outcomes in students at school (e.g., nursing services through Spectrum Health, counseling, social work, anti-teasing/bullying programs and security measures).
- College and Career Readiness: Preparing students to be responsible citizens and future leaders requires expanding our college and career preparation (e.g., internships, apprenticeships, college-level courses, business partnerships).
- Maintain and Repair: We need to return to a maintenance and replacement schedule in areas recently neglected due to lack of funds. These include curriculum resources, equipment to support STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), musical instruments, art supplies, athletic facilities, and playgrounds.
- Continued support for the policy of NOT having to “pay to participate” in athletics and fine arts programs.
Voters should also know that, if approved, all millage dollars will be publicly reported on the Northview website, and an independent audit will be conducted to ensure transparency and accountability.
If you want to learn more about the Strong Schools, Strong Communities campaign, please visit our website (www.nvps.net), or contact me at (616) 365-6151.
To the Continued Success of our Students,