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Board of Education Voted to Privatize Transportation Services

As you know, our transportation department is incredibly important to our students families, staff, district and community.  The department is a critical operation in our mission to provide a great education for our students.  Our transportation colleagues are tasked with providing a safe ride to and from school each day as drivers, mechanics, dispatchers, aides and supervisors.  As we all know, it is our drivers who are the first and the last staff members to see our kids each day.  We have a great deal of respect for their work and the commitment they make as an integral part of CSPS.

Last year a transportation study was done by Excel Consultants in order to look at our costs, our bus fleet, our routing system, etc.  Recommendations were made such as selling some of the old buses and getting a quote on what privatization costs would be compared to having our “in-district” transportation services.  The recommendations were adhered to and the result of the quote for privatization surfaced as a viable and fiscally responsible option for the District.  On Monday, April 24, 2017, the Board of Education voted to privatize transportation services with Dean Transportation.

Prior to bringing forth the concept of privatization, our Transportation Supervisor, Director of Operations, all of our transportation department employees and I worked through a long and important process together.  The process involved meetings together, meetings for our employees to have with Dean Transportation and meetings held with just the transportation department employees as a colleagial group.  All questions our employees wished to have answered were answered with regard to topics such as what a position with Dean would look like, what benefits would be offered versus not receiving benefits or full-time work with CSPS, what retirement in the public system would look like versus what they might gain by working for Dean, etc. Please know that the transportation department employees were in favor of privatization.  The majority asked to privatize and to do so only with Dean.  I brought forth a recommendation to the Board of Education in support of what the department voted for amongst themselves.

Having said that, please know it is not ideal for every transportation employee but rather the great majority; hence, their request to privatize.  We regret that any employee will leave our CSPS if it was not of their choosing.  We value every employee and the time they each have served here.  I am pleased to share that our buses will still have Cedar Springs Public Schools on them (not Dean Transportation) which is something that is very important to all of us.

Dean Transportation comes highly recommended and is committed to hiring on our supervisor, dispatcher and drivers and to making a smooth transition to the 2017-18 school year when they will officially take over.  Your child/ren will see the familiar faces of our drivers as well as they will still be with us but will be employed by Dean.  Additionally, our transportation employees will continue to spend time with us at the end and beginning-of-the-year ceremonies…they are still every bit a part of our great CSPS.

Please know that the savings to the district is approximately $350,000-$400,000/year on-going and a one-time sale of the bus fleet to gain $600,000 as we transition next year.  The budget for next year included 6 new buses at $510,000 that we would have to purchase each year going forward due to our very old fleet. Due to privatization that $510,000 can be removed from the budget planning process. Clearly, the Board considered all the financial information as it will be of benefit to the District to realize these cost savings.  Thank you for your understanding of the decision the Board made and please contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

I want to thank all who participated in the long and thoughtful process to help make this recommendation.  Dean Transportation was so impressed with the way we handled this difficult consideration and decision and the care we offered our employees. Our employees will be in a great company, should they choose to work for Dean.  Dean has a remarkable reputation for how well they treat their employees.   As always, thank you for partnering with us to provide an excellent education for your child.

Sincerely, Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Cedar Springs Public School
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Scholar Instrumentalist of the Month for April 

 

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Gavin is a senior percussionist at Cedar Springs High School who has been a marcher in the drumline and also been a leader in the keyboard section during marching band season. He has been the drum set player for the CSHS Jazz band for the last 3 years. Gavin is a hard worker in the classroom with a current GPA of 4.1, which ranks him in the top 4 in his class!  Congratulations Gavin Moore on being named our April 2017 Cedar Springs High School Scholar Instrumentalist!

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District Calendar

2017 – 2018 School Year 

District Calendar available 

www.csredhawks.org

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Schools of Choice 2017—2018

 

Cedar Springs Public Schools participates in both the Kent Intermediate School District Schools of Choice Plan and the Section 105c State plan.

Students residing in Kent County may apply for Schools of Choice through the Kent County Schools of Choice Plan April 10 – May 12, 2017.

Students residing outside of Kent County may apply for Schools of Choice through the Schools of Choice 105c Plan April 10 – May 12, 2017.

Contact the Registrar at 616.696.7317 with any questions.

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Campus Kids Summer Camp

 

Summer Camp starts on June 12, 2017 and runs through August 31, 2017.  We are closed the week of the 4th of July.  There is a $20 registration fee for one child and a $35 registration fee for a family.  If you register for the Summer Camp, your registration fee covers the next school year.  Cost for Summer Camp is $27 a day or $125 for 5 days a week.  Families can sign up for as many or as few days as needed.  A sibling discount is available.

Registration packets are available at Cedar Trails or online at csredhawks.org and Campus Kids is under the Parents tab.  Or you can call Campus Kids at (616)696-1716 or e-mail questions to campus.kids@csredhawks.org.   Please register for Summer Camp by May 10, 2017.

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Hearing and Vision Screening

 

Kindergarten entrants for the 2017-2018 school year 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 dates:

June 1, 2017      August 23, 2017

Please call Cedar Trails Elementary at 616.696.9884 or the Registrar’s Office at 616.696.7317 to schedule an appointment.  Additional appointment times can be scheduled by calling the KCHD at 616.632.7047

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From the Superintendent’s desk

 

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Dear Cedar Springs Public Schools Family:

On Tuesday, May 2, voters throughout Kent County will consider the Strong Schools, Strong Communities proposal, a 10-year, 0.9 mill increase for a regional enhancement millage that would allow local school districts to strengthen our future workforce and develop and attract strong talent right here in West Michigan.

If approved, the proposal will allow local districts to:

  • Expand career training and technical course offerings that will give students real life, on-the-job training and a head start on their careers.
  • Give students exposure to the world of work and business with partnerships that prepare them for careers.
  • Give students living in poverty a good start, and surround them with the support needed to keep them in school.

By law, if this proposal is approved, every penny generated from this proposal will be distributed to local school districts to maintain existing programs and improve services offered to students.

At Cedar Springs Public Schools this proposal would generate an estimated $723,000 per year.  In alignment with the purposes above, our district will focus on these priorities:

  • Continued expansion of the Early Middle College program and access to other college and career opportunities
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Academics and Behavior
  • Professional Development for continued best practices in instruction and student support
  • Enhanced afterschool and summer school learning opportunities
  • Comprehensive Counseling and Mental Health Programs
  • Technology Infrastructure and software enhancements
  • Maintaining or lowering class sizes
  • Improved assessment tools

Please share this information with your friends and family so they are informed about what’s on the ballot Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Learn more at: strongschoolsstrongcommunities.com

Have a relaxing and enjoyable spring break!

Laura VanDuyn, Ed.D.

Superintendent

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Winners of Essay Contest

Winners are pictured here with the Selection Committee.

Winners are pictured here with the Selection Committee.

Pictured are the Cedar Springs Rotary 4-Way Test essay winners. From L to R: Sally Odren, Makenna Nichols, Jack Cairy, Analiese Van Harten, and Josh Trendt. Courtesy photo.

Pictured are the Cedar Springs Rotary 4-Way Test essay winners. From L to R: Sally Odren, Makenna Nichols, Jack Cairy, Analiese Van Harten, and Josh Trendt. Courtesy photo.

CS Rotary Club announced the winners of the 4-Way Test Essay Contest. The theme was “Setting A Good Example”.

1st place – Sally Odren, Mr. Moleski’s class “The Things People Say”

2nd place (tie) – Jack Cairy, Mrs. Kahler’s class “Feeding the Heart”

2nd place (tie) – Makenna Nichols, Mrs. Miller’s  class, “Feeding the Hungry”

Josh Trendt with Mr. Moleski

Josh Trendt with Mr. Moleski

3rd place (tie) – Josh Trendt, Mr. Moleski’s class, “Small Town, Big Heart”

3rd place (tie) – Analiese Van Harten,  CTA, “Inspire”

Congratulations to the winners. Thank you to the teachers and parents for supporting these great writers! It’s exciting and gratifying to be able to promote the habits of mind so esteemed by Cedar Springs and by Rotarians alike.

Go Red Hawks!

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Students become World Changers

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At Cedar View, many 4th grade classrooms are doing research papers about a person who is considered a “World Changer”.  Cedar View also has a goal this year about helping students become “better people”.  To join these two ideas, Mrs. Nielsen and Mrs. Strunk’s 4th-grade classes partnered with the NE Supper House. The NE Supper House is a ministry in Grand Rapids that serves dinner every Tuesday and Thursday night to less fortunate people in their community.  Students from both classes did chores to earn the total of $250.  The $250 paid for all of the food and drinks that were served at the NE Supper House.   Then on March 2nd, Mrs. Nielsen and Mrs. Strunk brought students to the NE Supper House.  Students were in charge of serving all the drinks and dinners and doing all of the clean-up afterward.  Mrs. Nielsen said “I’m very proud of all our students. They worked very hard to earn the money, and they served less fortunate people with a lot of pride and respect.  They are becoming World Changers at a very young age.”

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Plowman signs with Davenport

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Our congratulations to senior Jessica Plowman, who signed with Davenport University’s ACHA Division 1 Women’s Ice Hockey team on February 11th, 2017 for the upcoming season.

Jessica is currently playing for the U19 Grand Rapids Griffins Girls Travel Ice Hockey Team. She was voted by her teammates to be their Team Captain for the 2016-2017 season. Jessica has played both defense, offense and center.  While at Davenport, Jessica will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management, and go on to possibly become a cardiothoracic surgeon.

She is excited to continue her education and hockey career at Davenport and is thankful for the support of her family and friends.

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