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Check this slide show for helpful details about the Zeeland Public Schools bond proposal. If you have a question or concern, contact Communication Specialist Jim Camenga at 616-748-3003 or …

Check this slide show for helpful details about the Zeeland Public Schools bond proposal. If you have a question or concern, contact Communication Specialist Jim Camenga at 616-748-3003 or jcamenga@zps.org.

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  • 1. Building our future, together. 2010 Bond Proposal Tuesday, May 4, 2010
  • 2. Building our future, together.
    • Why are we seeking a bond issue?
    • Growth. We’ve gained more than 600 students in the last five years alone .
    • 2. Clear path ahead. Our parents and staff want kindergarten returned to elementary buildings and a clear feeder system.
    • 3. Need for technology improvements. Our parents and staff show strong support for greater use of technology K-12th.
    • 4. Safety and security. Install security cameras at all schools; relocate offices at 2 schools and improve their traffic patterns; buy 7 school buses.
  • 3. Building our future, together. What is the district requesting? A $20.275 million bond proposal on May 4 that would require no increase in the current tax rate of 6.63 mills. This proposal is based upon the input we received from hundreds of Zeeland parents, staff, students, and citizens in the fall of 2008. Our original estimate for meeting the district’s needs totaled $27 million. That package has been reduced by about $7 million. 2010 Bond Proposal
  • 4. Building our future, together.
    • The $20.275 million would be used to:
    • Build Phase I of a new elementary school
    • Place appropriate technology in the hands of all students and update computer networks and audio-visual gear
    • Transform ECC building into the new home for all of our self-supporting child care programs
    • Expand both high school cafeterias while transforming them into creative learning spaces.
    • Relocate offices and improve traffic and parking patterns at New Groningen Elementary and Cityside Middle
    • Install security cameras at all schools
    • Purchase seven new buses
    2010 Bond Proposal
  • 5. Building our future, together. 2009 2329 5,580 Continued growth for 27 years
  • 6. Phase 1 of new elementary school Cost: $8,500,000 Building our future, together.
  • 7. Phase 1 of new elementary school Cost: $8,500,000 Building our future, together.
  • 8.  
  • 9. Transform ECC for use by tuition-based programs that pay for operations. Renovate with $1,500,000 low/no interest stimulus funds Building our future, together.
  • 10. Building our future, together. 2010 Bond Proposal
    • Technology plan
    • Provide individual learning devices for more than 4,220 students in grades 3-12.
    • 2. Provide updated computer labs and appropriate learning devices for students in grades K-2.
    • 3. Update audio-visual, networking and wireless components in all classrooms.
    Cost: $5,350,000
  • 11. New Groningen: Relocate office and change parking and bus patterns Cost: $700,000 Building our future, together.
  • 12. New Groningen: Relocate office and change parking and bus patterns Cost: $700,000 Building our future, together.
  • 13. Cityside: Relocate office and change parking and drop-off patterns. Cost: $1,300,000 Building our future, together.
  • 14. Two options for Zeeland East: ZEHS & ZWHS: expand cafeterias & transform them into group learning spaces: $1,825,000 Building our future, together.
  • 15. Two options for Zeeland West: Building our future, together. ZEHS & ZWHS: expand cafeterias & transform them into group learning spaces: $1,825,000
  • 16. Building our future, together. 2010 Bond Proposal
    • Safety and security
    • Purchase seven new buses
    • 2. Install digital security cameras at all schools and at the transportation building
    Cost for buses and security: $1,100,000
  • 17. Building our future, together. 2010 Bond Proposal
    • What else is on the ballot May 4?
    • One-year renewal of the 18-mill nonhomestead tax. The tax generates more than $6 million for the operation of our schools.
    • Board incumbents Tom Den Herder and David Lutz are running unopposed.
  • 18. Building our future, together. 2010 Bond Proposal
    • For more details . . .
    • Visit us on at: facebook.com/zpsfuture or zps.org
    • Dates of public forums are:
      • Wed., March 24, 7 p.m., Cityside Middle
      • Mon., March 29, 4 p.m., Howard Miller Comm. Ctr.
      • Wed., March 31, 10 a.m., Howard Miller Comm. Ctr.
      • Mon., April 12, 7 p.m., New Groningen Elementary
      • Wed., April 14, 7 p.m., ZWHS cafeteria
      • Thurs., April 15, 4 p.m., Howard Miller Comm. Ctr.