Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class
GRAND RAPIDS September 21, 2015– The Kent-Ionia Labor Council voted unanimously last week to support the $175 million bond proposal for the Grand Rapids Public Schools. The bond will be on the November 3 ballot.
“A vibrant and strong education is the foundation of the middle class in our country,” said KICLC President Sean Egan (IBEW 275). “By supporting the GRPS Bond proposal we are continuing to support the very roots of our society and ensuring we continue the great progress of the district.”
The Grand Rapids Board of Education voted in July to put the 30-year bond on the November ballot. According to the district, the average cost to a homeowner with a house valued at $100,000 will be $99.96 per year.
From the Grand Rapids Press/MLive:
Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal announced in February the need for a bond for new construction, technology and safety improvements to protect kids and support 21st century teaching and learning.
The bulk of the funds, more than $109 million, would completely renovate the old high schools. The district would spend $10 million to upgrade outdated technology and another $10 million to make buildings more secure, including through the reconfiguration of entrances to prevent people from entering the common areas.
Approving the bond should be important to all Grand Rapids residents in order to provide quality schools for all students, as well as retain quality teachers and maintain property values.
“If we want to retain and attract families, talent, and job providers to live, work and play in our city, we need a stable and growing GRPS,” Superintendent Neal said during her last State of Our Schools address.
Egan agreed, saying “We all have a vested interest in an educated society regardless if we have children of our own in the district.”
Between now and the vote on November 3, the Kent-Ionia Labor Council will work with the Grand Rapids Education Association to educate residents on the bond and turn out the vote.