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Band takes 10th in flight at state finals


The Cedar Springs High School Marching Band performing at Ford Field in Detroit.
The Cedar Springs High School Marching Band at Ford Field for the state finals. 

The Cedar Springs High School Marching Band had their final performance of the season, for state competition in the Michigan Competing Band Association, at Ford Field on Saturday, November 2, 2019. The band placed 10th in Flight III with a score of 83.075.  

The band boosters would like to thank the directors and all the band parents that have helped during this marching season. This year wouldn’t have been such a success without your help and support! Also a huge congratulations to all the kids for performing at state finals, you are all winners!

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Marching band to compete at state finals


On October 26, the Cedar Springs Marching Band played a standstill performance at the WestShore Invitational at Sparta High School. The band placed 5th with a score of 34.350, and are also proud to announce that their hard work paid off and they have earned the opportunity to compete at state finals! Cedar Springs will be performing at 8 a.m. on November 2 at Ford Field in Detroit. They will be the first performance of the day. Way to go Red Hawks!

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Marching band invitational

This past weekend was amazing! It was a beautiful day to be a Red Hawk! The Cedar Springs Band held their 59th Marching Band Invitational. There was a total of 16 schools, including Cedar Springs, that performed at Cedar springs High School. 

Up next for the marching band is the Belding Invitational at Belding High School on October 12.  The Band performs at 3:28 p.m. 

Superintendent Scott Smith with CSHS drum majors. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Music Boosters would like to extend a special thank you to all the volunteers for their help with this year’s Red Flannel Invitational! 

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Cedar Springs Public Schools

School Bond Vote

Scott B. Smith, Superintendent

On November 5, 2019, Cedar Springs Public Schools is asking the community to vote on a school bond proposal that would provide significant benefits for our students and programs by improving our facilities.  This bond is the first substantial investment in our school facilities in over 15 years. We need to address normal depreciation in our facilities and respond to a steady increase in enrollment, which is projected to continue into the future as our community grows. 

In order to give community members the opportunity to ask questions about the bond proposal and hear more about the proposed improvements, we are inviting the public to attend one of six community forums October 15 and October 17.   According to Scott Smith, Superintendent of Schools, “The purpose of this campaign is to provide members of our community with the information needed in order to make an informed decision for their families when they go to the polls on November 5.” 

The bond proposal is part of a long-term plan for district facilities. In 2016, the District partnered with GMB Architecture and Engineering to assess each of our schools. Their findings were used to determine and prioritize a list of facility needs throughout the District. What is most exciting for our community are the enhancements this proposal will bring to the learning environment for all students in all our schools.  From increased capacity to serve our students at young-fives through high school, to appropriately-sized gathering spaces and teaching environments for our elementary and middle-school students, this bond proposal addresses the needs now and well into the future.

Superintendent Smith will be available to meet with community members at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on October 15th and 17th at Hilltop Administration Building. He will also be available at Beach Elementary on both days starting at 6:30 p.m. If these dates and times do not work for you, please call Superintendent Smith at 616-696-1204 to set up a time for a meeting. He is happy to meet with individuals or groups of people in their homes, neighborhoods, or any location convenient to share the details of the bond proposal. “We are willing to do whatever it takes to help our community make an informed decision on November 5,” said Smith.


Red Hawk Visits Cedar Trails Elementary to welcome the kindergarten class to Cedar Springs Public Schools.


Bond Closing

On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, Cedar Springs Public Schools successfully closed on their bond refunding which will save District taxpayers over $500,000. The closing of the bond sale signifies that all the money from the bond sale has been sent to pay off the remaining balance of the district’s School Bond Loan Fund (SBLF) balance.  

This refunding was made possible by the Board of Education and Administration diligently seeking out ways to save money for its taxpayers. Cedar Springs Public Schools was one of the first districts in the state to act on incredible market conditions. The Board of Education recognized the opportunity to save taxpayer dollars and took advantage of a great bond climate for issuers.  

“Many other districts throughout the state are now following our lead and taking advantage of the great rate climate and are refunding their SLRF balances.  Our goal is to be good stewards of the dollars provided to us by local taxes.  The Community and School District should be very pleased with the results of the bond sale” said Scott Smith, Superintendent. “The School District was able to save over $504,000 in interest payments for our taxpayers with a new true interest rate of 2.18%.  The SBLF current variable rate is 3.40% and has a minimum 3.00% interest rate for the fund.  The difference between the SBLF rate and the new fixed true interest rate of 2.18% is the recognized savings”.

As the district faces an upcoming bond proposal, it is important to note that Cedar Springs Public Schools is an attractive partner for investors.  The continued financial stewardship of the Board and Administration will continue to be valuable as the district looks at its capital needs and invests in the facilities utilized by our students and community.  If you have any additional questions related to the 2019 refunding, please contact Scott Smith, Superintendent, at 616-696-1204 ext. 1004 or via email at scott.smith@csredhawks.org. 


Mark Your Calendar!

Upcoming Dates – For the complete school calendar, visit www.csredhawks.org

October 11 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs) 

October 25 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

November 1 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)

November 15 Student Early Release Day (2 hrs)


2019-2020 Cedar Springs High School Student Council


Athletic Golden Age Pass

If you are 60 years of age or older and are a resident of the Cedar Springs School District, you could be eligible for a Lifetime Golden Age Pass.    This pass entitles you to admission to school sponsored activities and athletic events offered by member schools.  Some restrictions apply.  Certain athletic contests may require a fee (conference, regional and state tournaments).  For an application, visit www.csredhawks.org Athletics or stop by the Cedar Springs District Office.


BREAKFAST IS AVAILABLE AT SCHOOL! 

Mornings can be really crazy…the alarm doesn’t go off…the kids don’t want to get up…there is no time to eat breakfast before the bus comes…or they’re just not ready to eat!  Or maybe your teenager grabs a soda and a candy bar on the way to school.  If this sounds like your house in the morning, we can help.  Breakfast is served at school every day school is in session! 

Why choose School Breakfast?  

School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day.  Students who eat breakfast have better attention and memory, and studies show that eating breakfast at school results in higher test scores. 

Breakfast at school is affordable!

If your student qualifies for a free or reduced price lunch, he/she also qualifies for a free or reduced price breakfast, with no additional paperwork.  A reduced price breakfast is $.30 cents and a full price breakfast is only $1.40 for elementary students and $1.50 for middle and high school students.  Breakfast selections include whole grain rich items, fresh or canned fruit, 100% fruit juice and low fat or fat free dairy products.  You can’t find a healthy breakfast at such a low cost anywhere else.

For the October Food Service Newsletter, visit www.csredhawks.org.


Calling All Red Hawks Home

2019 Homecoming Football Game 

Friday, October 18, 2019 @ 7pm vs Ottawa Hills High School 

Red Hawk Stadium


CSHS and H Productions present

A full evening of the horrors and hardships that befall those who feel the call of the stage. In a series of hilarious examples, this play proves that drama can be a very dangerous thing and it must be avoided at all costs.

November 6 – 9  

CSHS Auditorium

DON’T MISS THIS MASTERPIECE!


Superintendent Smith at the Red Flannel Parade


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Students Attend the Metro Police Academy


From Left to Right:  CSPS School Resource Officer Tom McCutcheon, Thomas Reed, Carter DeMott and Emily Whilden

Three Cedar Springs High School students attended the 2019 Metro High School Police Academy.  The High School students are pictured here at graduation with Cedar Springs Public Schools School Resource Officer Tom McCutcheon is Thomas Reed, Carter DeMott and Emily Whilden.   Emily’s leadership stood out among her peers and was voted Class President.    

The goal of the local law enforcement agencies providing instruction during the Police Academy is to create partnerships for the future.  It was a great experience for these three High School students.

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CSPS school news

Greetings!

We hope you are ready to welcome in the 2019/20 school year with the same enthusiasm that we are. People often refer to June, July, and August as “summer vacation”. The team at Cedar Springs Public Schools has used this time to prepare for the new school year. The new school year promises to provide our District with landmark opportunities to better serve the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students. When realized, these enhancements will leave lasting impressions on our community.  

In July, our Board of Education passed a resolution to place a bond question on the ballot for the general election on November 5, 2019. Residents of the Cedar Springs Public School community will have the opportunity to weigh-in on the first significant investment in our school facilities in nearly 20 years. Voters will be asked to approve a tax levy of 7.9 mils over the next eighteen years. If approved, the owner of a home with a market value of $150,000 would receive a tax increase of approximately $70 per year. Our facilities need significant capital investments in response to steady increases in enrollment and normal depreciation over time.  

This month, our Board of Education approved a strategic plan that will set the course for the work of the District for the next three years. The plan, called FLIGHT Plan 1.0 (Focused Learners Imagining Greater Heights Together), was developed with the input of over 2,000 students, parents, staff, and community members. Increasing student achievement is at the center of each aspect of the FLIGHT Plan 1.0. 

Upon your return to campus, you will see evidence of the progress our team has made in preparation for September 3, 2019. Paving repairs on our driveways and parking lots are visible throughout the entire campus. Our hallways and classrooms were cleaned from top to bottom and are ready to welcome our students and staff when they arrive. We have spent the summer selecting the “perfect” people to fill vacant positions. Classroom materials have been ordered and distributed to make the first day of school a successful day for all. Our team is ready and can’t wait to greet students and parents at building open houses next week.

Finally, please accept my heartfelt thank you to each member of the Cedar Springs Public School community who contributes to making our school district an incredible place to learn, work, and play.

WE are Cedar Springs!

With warm regards and respect,

Scott B. Smith, Superintendent

2019-2020 School Year Cedar Springs Public Schools Orientation & Open House Schedule

Monday , August 26

High School – Orientation

9th Grade – 12:00 pm

10th Grade – 8:00 am

11th Grade – 9:15 am

12th Grade – 10:30 am

New Beginnings Students – 1:00 pm

Middle School – Open House

7th & 8th Grades – 6:00 – 7:30 pm

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Tuesday, August 27 – Open Houses

Beach Elementary – 2nd & 3rd Grades– 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Cedar Trails Elementary – ASD & ECSE Programs ONLY– 5:00 – 6:00 pm

New Beginnings Parents – 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Red Hawk Elementary – 6th Grade

Team A:  5:30 pm

Team B:  6:45 pm

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Wednesday, August 28 – Open Houses

Cedar Trails Elementary – Y5, K & 1st Grades– 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Cedar View Elementary – 4th & 5th Grades– 6:30 – 7:30 pm

First Day of School – September 3, 2019

2019-2020 School Calendar available at www.csredhawks.org

Enroll TODAY!  

2019—2020 Kindergarten Class Enrollment 

Your child must be 5 years old by September 1, 2019 to register for Kindergarten. Visit www.csredhawks.org select K-12 Enrollment. Contact the Registrar at 616.696.7317 with any questions.

SCHOOL BUS STOPS

School buses are like traffic signals 

When overhead lights are flashing yellow—PREPARE TO STOP!

When overhead lights are flashing red—STOP

When the hazard warning lights are flashing—PROCEED WITH CAUTION

2019 – 2020 Food Service Information

Elementary Breakfast—$1.40

Elementary Lunch—$2.35

Secondary Breakfast – $1.50

Secondary Lunch—$2.85 – $3.00

Milk—$.50

Online deposits are available through www.sendmoneytoschool.com where you will have the convenience of checking meal account balances, making deposits into those accounts and eventually depositing money into other department accounts.

We also offer the convenience of applying for the USDA Meal Program at www.lunchapp.com.  Forms are also available in the building offices.  If you have any questions, please contact Holly Haywood @ 616-696-0372 or e-mail Holly.Haywood@csredhawks.org.

Cedar Springs Health Center 

8 am – 3:30 pm Monday through Friday

For students ages 3 – 21

Located in the Red Hawk Elementary building – south entrance

616.696.3470 or visit www.cherryhehalth.org.

Cedar Springs School Health Center is a program coordinated by Cherry Health in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Department of Education.  The health center’s professional staff includes a medical provider, registered nurse, social worker and support staff.

Campus Kids – Before and After School Care

Campus Kids is a State Licensed Day Care program and we are preparing for school start.  We offer Before and After School Care throughout the school year.  Campus Kids opens at 6:00 a.m.   We do activities throughout the morning, and then serve a light breakfast.  We dismiss the students in time to get to their class at either Cedar Trails, Beach, or Cedar View.   In the afternoons, Campus Kids opens at 3:30 p.m. for students.  A healthy snack is served and homework help and fun activities are offered until 6:00 p.m.  To enroll, please complete and return a registration packet before September 1, 2019 to reserve your spot.  Packets may be picked up at Cedar Trails, or they can be found online at csredhawks.org.  

For an additional charge, we also offer care on early release days and on snow days for pre-registered children.   Please call (616) 696-1716 or email mailto:campus.kids@csredhawks.org for additional information.

Senior All Night Party

A part of tradition for the Seniors at CSHS is attending the Senior All Night Party (SANP).  

Parent-organized and sponsored, the SANP provides a safe, chaperoned way for our graduates to celebrate this milestone with their classmates.  The details and locations of the evening are kept a surprise until the night of the event.

Visit www.csredhawks.org Backpack eFlyer page for upcoming fundraiser information. 

All proceeds raised from these events will be used to fund the CSHS Class of 2020 Senior All Night Party. 

Building/Department Telephone Numbers

Administration Building  616-696-1204

Superintendent Smith

Business & Finance Director Malloch

Human & Community Services Director Blood

Academic Service Director Haberling

Services

Campus Kids 616-696-1716

Food Service 616-696-0372

Facilities/Maintenance 616-696-0464

Pre-School/Early Childhood 616-696-9884

Special Services 616-696-0580

Transportation 616-696-1450

2019—2020 Student Insurance

Accidents happen! When they happen to your child, someone must pay the bills. If you have other insurance, these plans can help offset the deductibles and coinsurance for those plans.   If you have no other insurance, these plans will provide basic coverage. Any benefits payable by the Policy as a result of medical, surgical, dental, Hospital or nursing service will be paid directly to the Hospital or person rendering such service unless proof of payment in full is provided. 

For more information, please visit www.csredhawks.org/Parents/Student-Insurance/index.html.

Golden Age Pass

If you are 60 years of age or older and are a resident of the Cedar Springs School District, you could be eligible for a Lifetime Golden Age Pass.    This pass entitles you to admission to school sponsored activities and athletic events offered by member schools.  Some restrictions apply.  Certain athletic contests may require a fee (conference, regional and state tournaments).  For an application, visit www.csredhawks.org/Athletics/index.html or stop by the Cedar Springs District Office.

2019 Board of Education Meetings

Hilltop Community Building

Board Room – 3rd Floor

6:45 PM

August 12, 26*, September 9, 23*, October 14, 28*, November 11, 25*, December 9

*denotes work session, begins at 6:00 PM

Attention Red Hawks: 

We are excited to report that the Board of Education approved a three year CSPS Comprehensive Strategic Plan known as the FLIGHT Plan 1.0 at the August 12th, 2019 Board of Education meeting. We thank the community, staff and students that contributed time in focus groups and surveys to help shapethis plan to guide our district.

This summer administration and staff have been focused and working hard to prepare the launch of FLIGHT Plan 1.0. Student achievement is center on the radar!

Thank you for joining us in our mission as “we foster a dynamic community of learners who inspire and support one another to exceed their potential!” We welcome our students and all FLIGHT 1.0 passengers to the 2019-2020 school year!

Best Wishes for a great school year from the Board of Education Team:

Heidi Reed, President

Matt Shoffner, Vice President

Traci Slager, Secretary

Trent Gilmore, Treasurer

Shannon Vanderhyde, Trustee

Jeff Rivard, Trustee

Mistie Bowser, Trustee

New Varsity Cross Country Coach

We are proud to announce that Justin Jones, Cedar Springs Alumni, has been named the new Varsity Boys’ Cross Country Coach. Justin had a successful career running here at Cedar Springs, and  at Alma College where he was a three year captain. “I am excited to come back home. This program has a rich history and a successful tradition. I am hopeful to build good people, good runners and to continue our running success!”

New Varsity Basketball Coach

James Tellman has been hired as the new Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach. James is currently a Kindergarten teacher here at Cedar Springs, and he served as a Varsity Assistant Coach last year under Coach Wood. Prior to that, James was the JV Basketball Coach at Forest Hills Central, and he played collegiately at Aquinas College. “There is so much basketball tradition at this school, and it is my hope to help build on that tradition as we move forward into a new chapter,” said Coach Tellman.

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Practices/try out dates for fall school sports


Fall Sports are set to begin at Cedar Springs High School on Monday, August 12. If you are interested in participating, below is information on practice/tryout dates, times and locations:

Football (9th and JV)

August 12, 13, 14: 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Red Hawk Stadium

Rest of the month: 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Soccer

August 13, 14, 15: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., meet at Red Hawk Stadium (note-no Monday)

Cross Boys

Monday-Friday beginning Aug. 12 through the remainder of the summer: 6:30-8:15 p.m. 

Meet in west parking lot

Girls Golf

Golf will be M-F starting August 12, from 10 a.m.-noon at Cedar Chase. 

Volleyball

Tryouts will be August 14, 15: Varsity: 3:30-5:30pm, FR/JV: 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Boys Tennis

Tryouts August 12, 13, 14: 8:30-11:30 a.m. at HS Tennis Courts

Competition schedules can be found at www.cedarspringsathletics.org

Please email Athletic Director, John Norton, with any questions. John.norton@csredhawks.org

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June School News

2018 – 2019 School Year – Last Day of School – June 10, 2019

New Beginning High School Graduating Class of 2019

Benjamin Batchelder, Gloria Bliss-Ramos, Jaden Droge, Maizy Gleason, Kaleb Gordon, Ebonye Hunter, Kaelen Kangas, Austin Keenan, Madisen Lewis, Ricardo Marques III, James Myers, Marcus Rivas, Bailey Rocafort, Abigail Scott, Jacob Scott, Makennah Smith, Corey Terrell

Class of 2019 Red Hawk Parade

Introducing our New Director of Academic Services

Matt Blood, Director of Human and Community Services

After an extensive interview process, we are delighted to welcome Jennifer Haberling as our new Director of Academic Services.  Prior to school administration, she served students as a classroom teacher at the middle
school, high school, and college levels. Jen officially begins on July 1, 2019 but she plans to schedule a few days to visit the district to talk with people and begin the planning process as she prepares to hit the ground running.   

Lastly, It is important to recognize and thank all for the staff support during this important search process.  It was, indeed, a process that was driven by the position profile developed through valuable feedback provided by PLC leaders, administrators, district office staff, and others that will be working directly with the director. In its entirety, over 45 people were involved throughout this process!  All of their time and hard work are much appreciated!  

Welcome Ms. Jennifer Haberling to Cedar Springs Public Schools!

Educator Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation Day is recognized annually on Tuesday of the first full week of May.   This day is intended to celebrate the positive impact on society made by teachers around the globe.  Some communities, not able to squeeze their expressions of gratitude into a single day, have opted to applaud the efforts of their teachers for an entire week.  Still, other districts have raised the celebratory bar even higher by choosing to honor the efforts of teachers and support staff for a whole month and now refer to May as Educator Appreciation Month.  

Cedar Springs Public Schools would like to take our expression of appreciation for the community of educators impacting the lives of our students to a whole new level.  We aim to recognize the amazing talents of our dedicated team of teachers and support staff throughout the entire school year! Each day gives us another opportunity to celebrate our success.  Similarly, each new day gives rise to the opportunity to be better than we were the day before.

Additionally, we want to lift up the work of the members of our community who teach our students valuable lessons when they are not in school.  The African proverb it takes a village to raise a child is at the core of the work of the community of Cedar Springs when it comes to educating our children.  To be most successful, the community as a whole must invest in its children to ensure that they develop in a safe and healthy environment.  

Cedar Springs Public Schools salutes the dedication and efforts of its teachers, its support staff, and its community of educators who step up daily to teach our students the essential lessons that will serve them well as adults.  Thank you for investing in the lives of the children who call Cedar Springs home.

With respect and appreciation,
Scott B. Smith, Superintendent

Calendar Update

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has now provided clarity around the forgiveness of weather-related cancellations of school between January 29 and February 1. Governor Whitmer signed the snow day forgiveness legislation into law last Friday. The MDE needed time to develop a process for districts to follow to document the fact that school had been cancelled on days the Governor had declared a State of Emergency days due to the extreme weather conditions during that time.  

Barring any unforeseen school cancellations between now and the end of the year, our last day of school for students will now be MONDAY, June 10.  

Please note Cedar Springs Public Schools will be in session on: 

June 6, 7, and 10.

Additional days will be identified beyond June 10 if we have further cancellations this year.  Let us hope that we have seen the last of the snow this season.  Thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty.

With respect and appreciation,
Scott B. Smith, Superintendent

Preschool Open Enrollment OPEN NOW

Classes will be forming for students who are 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2019.  Information is available for families that are interested in tuition assistance for preschool.  

Contact Cedar Trails Elementary main office 616.696.9884. 

2019—2020 Kindergarten Class Enrollment OPEN NOW

Your child must be 5 years old by September 1, 2019 to register for Kindergarten.   Visit www.csredhawks.org and select K-12 Enrollment.  

Contact the Registrar at 616.696.7317 with any questions.

Hearing and Vision Screening

Kindergarten entrants will need documentation of Hearing and Vision Screening through the Kent County Health Department (KCHD).   The KCHD will be at Cedar Trails Elementary on the following date: 

June 4, 2019 & August 27, 2019

Please call Cedar Trails Elementary at 616.696.9884 to schedule an appointment.  Additional appointment times can be scheduled by calling the KCHD at 616.632.7047.

Calendar

2019-2020 School Year Calendar available at www.csredhawks.org – 

First day of school September 3, 2019

District Office Summer Hours

204 East Muskegon Street, Cedar Springs, MI  49319
Hilltop Community Building

Monday – Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm • Closed July 4


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Last day of school finalized

Parents of students in the Cedar Springs Public School district finally have an answer on when the last day of the school year will be. The answer is Monday, June 10.

Superintendent Scott Smith sent the following email out to parents of students on Thursday, May 16:

“The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has now provided clarity around the forgiveness of weather-related cancellations of school between January 29 and February 1. Governor Whitmer signed the snow day forgiveness legislation into law last Friday. The MDE needed time to develop a process for districts to follow to document the fact that school had been cancelled on days the Governor had declared a State of Emergency days due to the extreme weather conditions during that time.  

Barring any unforeseen school cancellations between now and the end of the year, our last day of school for students will now be MONDAY, June 10.

Please note Cedar Springs Public Schools will be in session on: May 24, June 6, 7, and 10.

Additional days will be identified beyond June 10 if we have further cancellations this year. Let us hope that we have seen the last of the snow this season.

Thank you for your patience during this time of uncertainty.”  

Icy, snowy and dangerous winter weather, including sub-zero temperatures and power outages, caused Cedar Springs Public Schools to close 14 times this year. That’s eight more times than the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) allows without the days being made up.

The MDE also allows schools to apply for a waiver for three extra closings, above the six, but when Cedar Springs applied for the waiver, they were denied. That’s because Cedar Springs is currently in session less than 180 days, the amount currently required by state law, though they are in session the 1,098 required hours. The school has only been in session 172 days a year since the 2013-2014 school year, because of an eight-year bargaining agreement with staff signed in June 2013, which occurred before the current law took effect in 2016/17. The students get the same amount of instruction; it’s just done over a day that’s 16 minutes longer. 

Once many schools were denied those extra three days, the legislature then introduced legislation to forgive the three days of school lost while Michigan was under a state of emergency. It was this legislation that Governor Whitmer signed on Friday, May 10.

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Public asked to give input on school facility proposals

By Judy Reed

Cedar Springs Public Schools is asking the community to give their input on three different proposals to help improve school facilities and accommodate future growth. 

They have posted a survey on their website at csredhawks.org called the “CSPS Facilities Vision Questionnaire” and it will remain open through Monday, May 13.

According to Superintendent Scott Smith, there were two areas they looked at: facility needs and programs—how they were serving students.

The process started in 2016, when the district hired a company (GMB Architecture – Engineering) to do a facilities assessment. They looked at core systems such as roofing, heating/cooling, floor coverings, and plumbing. They also looked at safety and security, energy enhancements, and what site work needed to be done, such as paving and playgrounds.

Smith said that boilers in the various buildings are functioning but are very infefficient. Roofs also need to be replaced. They cannot even get parts anymore for the heaters in the classrooms at Cedar View. Instead, when another school replaces their univent heaters, they send the old ones to our district. 

The roads are also badly in need of repair. “The roads are in trouble,” said Smith. “Like the governor said, ‘it’s time to fix the darn roads.’ We’ve been doing projects with money from the sinking fund, but we don’t want to replace roads if we won’t need them in the future. If we refigure how the campus is laid out, we might not need them at all. Or we might need more. We’ve been going slow, but have been very targeted in what we are spending money on,” he explained.

Overall, the facilities assessment showed $42.5 million was needed just in facility repairs—and that’s targeting either what needs to be repaired right now or will need to be repaired/replaced in the near future. And that includes all eight buildings on campus: Cedar Trails (K-1), Beach (2-3), Cedar View (4-5), Red Hawk (6), Middle school (7-8), High school (9-12), and Hilltop (District Office).

They also looked at programs and enrollment. Smith said their projected enrollment is very stable, with a growth of about 1 percent per year (35-45 students per year) over the next five years. The problem is that some of the buildings are already at capacity. Smith said that both Cedar Trails and Beach are at capacity, as is the high school. “In the near future, every room at the high school will be used every hour, with some teachers on carts. The cafeteria and kitchen is also too small to serve our students,” he said. He noted that the middle school is not feeling overcrowded but is full. Cedar View and Red Hawk both have some room. The three options were developed taking this all into consideration.

Under all options—A, B, and C—the preschool program would be moved from Cedar Trails to either Cedar View or Red Hawk. “By moving them out, it gives Cedar Trails room to breathe,” explained Smith, “and provides more space for them to do things like art and other activities.”

And Hilltop—which was built in 1923 to replace the original high school—is not being used for students at all. Which presented a dilemma—do you spend $6.2 million to renovate a building that students no longer use?

“The sad reality is that it needs $6 million in renovation. The windows are single-paned, the boiler is inefficient, and the roof needs to be replaced,” explained Smith. “We have a hard time saying let’s put money into it when it’s not serving students.” So under all the options, Hilltop would be demolished and a green space created. 

Smith understands the important role the 93-year-old building has played in the community. It was built in 1926 as the new high school, after the original Union High School, built in 1871, was razed. And over the years it has served both elementary and secondary students, and currently hosts district office employees.

“If we don’t do anything, it will continue to deteriorate. We have to look ahead at 50 years from now. Will that grassy area be a beautiful spot for a new school? People will drive by it every day. What will they see? It’s easy to think in the short term, but at some point, we will need to let it go,” he said.

Smith noted that while there are currently three options for the board to consider, it’s still early in the process. “We are still considering, still thinking.” He said the board would review all three options Monday evening, May 13, and hear the community feedback from the surveys. It will then be up to the board whether to propose one of the following options for a bond issue or not.

“We are still open to suggestions. We are still exploring our options. We are trying to be strategic and thoughtful while trying to respect and honor our community at the same time,” explained Smith.

The current three options are:

Option A: Cedar Trails (K-1): do roofing and mechanical upgrades. Beach (2-3): do a partial demolition and reconstruct the academic wings. Do minor remodeling, site improvements, fixtures, furnishings, equipment, playground. Cedar View (4-5) Facilities critical needs. Middle School (6-8): Add a 6th grade wing, do critical needs, furnishings, fixtures, equipment. High School (9-12): do critical needs, add 8 classrooms, expand cafeteria, furnishings, fixtures, equipment. Red Hawk (District Administration, preschool, Cherry Health, Community education): critical needs, heavy remodeling of existing building, fixtures, furnishings and equipment. Hilltop: Demolition and site restoration. Cost: $78.9 million. 1.07 mil increase.

Option B: Cedar Trails, Beach, High school and Hilltop: the same as option A. Cedar View would become home to District office, preschool, Cherry Health and Community Ed. Do critical  needs, heavy remodeling of existing building, fixtures, furnishing and equipment. Red Hawk (4-6): Critical needs, new classroom wing for additional classrooms, fixtures, furnishings and equipment. Middle School (7-8): Critical needs. Cost: $79.8 million. 1.07 mil increase.

Option C: Cedar Trails, Beach, Cedar View, Red Hawk and Hilltop: same as option A. Middle School (6-7) move sixth graders to middle school. Do critical needs. Build a new 8-9 building (adjacent to high school). Do site improvements, fixtures, furnishings, equipment, auxiliary gym. High school (10-12): Do critical needs, fixtures, furnishings, equipment. Cost: $78.8 million. 1.07 mil increase.

Whatever the outcome, Smith said it’s not just a decision about taxes. “It’s about how our community is represented by the schools, and how our kids are engaged in the learning process.”

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