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Vote for Trent Gilmore for school board

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I would like to recommend that when it comes time to vote for the partial term for the Cedar Springs school board position ending in 2020, you write in Trent Gilmore. He is a compassionate, kind, business minded man that always puts his family first. From helping to coach his son’s baseball team to re-creating a fishing boat with the assistance of his children, he focuses on family time first and foremost. With his patience and innovative thinking, there is no doubt that he would be a great asset to our school board.

Andrea and Beau Libera, Solon Township

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Support Gilmore for school board

Post Scripts NOTICE: The Cedar Springs Post welcomes letters of up to 350 words. The subject should be relevant to local readers, and the editor reserves the right to reject letters or edit for clarity, length, good taste, accuracy, and liability concerns. All submissions MUST be accompanied by full name, mailing address and daytime phone number. We use this information to verify the letter’s authenticity. We do not print anonymous letters, or acknowledge letters we do not use. Writers are limited to one letter per month. Email to news@cedarspringspost.com, or send to Post Scripts, Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

* We only print positive letters about candidates one week prior to the election. 


I am writing in support of Mr. Trent Gilmore joining the Cedar Springs school board and would like to encourage my fellow residents to strongly consider him for this role, as a most qualified candidate. 

Having known Mr. Gilmore for many years, I can attest to his character, work ethic and sense of responsibility. He will always lend a helping hand or give sound advice to those who need it. He is seasoned in business matters and adept at looking at a problem from all angles, considering the input of others and proposing rational solutions.

I have seen him excel as a leader and be equally effective as a team player. His ability to collaborate with others, with patience and respect, will be crucial to making progress towards the board’s vision.

Mr. Gilmore is and will be an effective communicator. He will work hard to help keep the public informed of the district’s progress and challenges.    

I have no doubt that Mr. Gilmore will help to establish a clear vision for our school district and will work hard to ensure that the team sets goals and measures its success, in a matter that is well considered, planned and executed, and fiscally responsible.

Most importantly, as a father in our district, his focus will be on what is best for our students.  I truly believe that and will be placing my vote for Mr. Gilmore.

Andy Fochtman, Algoma Township

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Farewell from Brook Nichols

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Farewell from Brook Nichols

Fourteen years ago, I decided to run for the school board. There were two seats open and five candidates. I was fairly new to the area and didn’t know many people, but I was successfully voted in and ran for two additional terms after that. Being on the board was so much different than I thought it would be, but I learned a lot about myself, working with others and most importantly, I learned how much people in this community truly care about their students. Many things have changed over the 14 years I served on the school board and we have gone through some tough times and had to make difficult decisions, but I feel very optimistic about the future of Cedar Springs Public Schools and am excited to see what happens from here. Since our youngest graduated, we decided to move closer to our jobs and family, so I had to resign a few months prior to my term ending. I will miss being a part of this community on a daily basis, but will always be grateful for the years we lived here and raised our girls here. Thank you for the opportunity to serve on the school board for so long. See you on Red Flannel Day! 

Sincerely,

Brook Nichols

Former member of Cedar Springs Board of Education

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Community focus opportunity

The Cedar Springs Post welcomes letters of up to 350 words. The subject should be relevant to local readers, and the editor reserves the right to reject letters or edit for clarity, length, good taste, accuracy, and liability concerns. All submissions MUST be accompanied by full name, mailing address and daytime phone number. We use this information to verify the letter’s authenticity. We do not print anonymous letters, or acknowledge letters we do not use. Writers are limited to one letter per month. Email to news@cedarspringspost.com, or send to Post Scripts, Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.


As the new school year begins, we want to include prayers for safety and success for all involved throughout our community.

Learning is a gift from God. As we begin this new school year, we give God thanks that he has given us thanks to learn many things in many ways.

Loving God, sometimes the new school year seems exciting or scary or both. Help us to remember to show our thanks for your gift of learning by doing our best everyday. We ask that you bless our schools, teachers, classmates, volunteers, friends, and administrators. We ask that you bless those who prepare our lunches, those who drive us to school, and those who keep our schools safe and clean. 

We ask God’s blessing on this new school year that it may be a time when we appreciate and fully use God’s gift of learning, Amen. 

Ann Scott

Cedar Springs United Methodist Church

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Vote for Robyn Britton

 

To the residents of Nelson Township,

As you know there is a primary election coming up August 7. Robyn Britton, who is our present township supervisor, is running for re-election. Having worked with Robyn in the political arena, I’ve found her to be a person of integrity, honesty, and forward thinking.

I also worked with her opponent and I must say the choice is easy.

Not if you vote, but when you vote, in my opinion there is only one person for the job. Vote for Robyn Britton for township supervisor. Believe me, you want to elect Robyn. 

Come join my wife and I as we vote to elect Robyn to run in the November election.

Roger and Betty Towsley, Village of Sand Lake

Past President and Village Council


The Cedar Springs Post welcomes letters of up to 350 words. The subject should be relevant to local readers, and the editor reserves the right to reject letters or edit for clarity, length, good taste, accuracy, and liability concerns. All submissions MUST be accompanied by full name, mailing address and daytime phone number. We use this information to verify the letter’s authenticity. We do not print anonymous letters, or acknowledge letters we do not use. Writers are limited to one letter per month. Email to news@cedarspringspost.com, or send to Post Scripts, Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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Sand Lake council member resigns

 

Dear Council,

My intention was to serve as a trustee until the election in November when my appointed term ends. When I was sworn in, I took my oath to the constitution and the people of the village very seriously and was prepared to face the typical civil discourse that occurs during the work of such an organization. I was excited about serving in the community and immediately began the work of community engagement, hopeful that working together would bring growth, progress and prosperity to our village.

Since then, however, the typical civil discourse has turned toxic and disruptive to the operations of the village and its people. After Monday’s village council meeting, it was very clear to me that most of the village council members do not share the same sense of integrity and values that I do. I am no longer willing to serve next to people who engage in unprofessional, unethical, immoral, and even potentially criminal behaviors.

I am no longer confident that the majority of the council is committed to good governance. The severe breakdown in trust between council members along with the outrageous conduct of some members at meetings has prompted my resignation. Consider this email notification of my resignation from the Sand Lake Village Council.

Janice L. Dewey, Village of Sand Lake 

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Recall petitions for BOE members available

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The recall effort for the board of education members Heidi Reed, Matt Shoffner, and Shannon Vanderhyde is officially underway. The specific language refers to what I and other members of the community believe was a violation of the open meetings act, but that is merely a symptom of the larger problem. This board has repeatedly ignored stakeholder voices. They are beginning to rush into selecting a new superintendent when at least 4, if not 7 seats will be up for election in November. I believe this to be a mistake. There are calls to put in place a highly qualified interim superintendent until we have a board that will be seated more than 6 months. The board openly silenced stake holders, can anyone trust that they will listen now? There will be petitions available at the Cedar Springs Burger King community room on Saturday May 5th 1-4 pm, Tuesday May 8th 6-9 pm and Thursday May 17 from 6-9 pm. A board who will not listen to voters cannot be allowed to continue to serve.

Molly Nixon, City of Cedar Springs

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Rude comments and spending money

 

We attended the Cedar Springs School Board Meeting on March 26 and made several observations.

Our first observation came when the school board president Heidi Reed stated that the school board pays an outside consulting firm (from Ohio) for school policies. While it might be common practice to pay a consulting firm for crafting of school policies, is it the best practice? How much of the community’s money was spent on this out-of-state consulting firm? We believe that our local school policies should be determined by those who live here, not in some other state. We have no problems with getting ideas and inspiration from any and all sources, but community members should determine our local policies. How about having a public forum with debate and discussion of what policies we would like to have in our local school district? We can see what other communities are doing, but this is our school district, serving our children, and our community. If our school board members are unwilling or unable to make policies that fit and form our local community, perhaps they should not be serving on the board.

We got the impression that Ms. Reed was attempting to absolve herself and the board from having any personal responsibility for unpopular policies.  

Over the past several years, public comments and statements made by board members and the superintendent seem to reflect a view that spending public money is good. Instead of focusing on results or finding the best value for taxpayer dollars, the board and superintendent appeared to try to solve problems by spending money.

We were also shocked and offended by comments made by board president Reed and board trustee Tim Bauer. Ms. Reed made a comment that seemed to be a personal attack on those members of the community that spent their own money, time and resources on yard signs and t-shirts. She said that she wished that effort had gone to supporting the kids who are going to The Odyssey of the Mind competition. The audience reaction to her statement was shock, immediately followed by comments. At that time, another board member demanded that the audience “respect the board president.” The audience should respect the position of board president, but the board president should respect members of the audience and community as well. While she’s entitled to her own personal opinions, we feel that this comment was inappropriate. 

We had serious concerns regarding Trustee Tim Bauer, but those are now moot since he announced his resignation.

The board approved paying an interim superintendent $600 per day plus mileage. We would like to see how that figure was reached and the rationale behind it. Is this the best value for our tax dollars?

As a final thought, perhaps we should consider adding another board member. This new member would be elected by and from the district’s teachers to provide direct representation of those who teach our children. The new position could either be a full voting member, or an advisory member depending on statutory and regulatory requirements. 

Chris and Emily Scott

Solon Township

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Disturbing facebook post

 

Dear Editor,

I have been watching the developments concerning the CSPS superintendent with interest as I have a young child in the school system. I have been waiting for facts to come out on either side. I look forward to the meeting that will be on the same day that the Post will be distributed to have some questions answered. I hope that many from the community will be able to attend what I hope will be a very informative meeting.  It will be held March 15 at 7pm, Solon Township hall.

I came across a disturbing Face Book post from one of the trustees that was recently appointed to the school board which I believe may call their judgement into question. Tim Bauer wrote on his page 

“Yesterday, in the afternoon, I heard from God regarding the turmoil that has filled our town. He will now bring to an end the rebellion that is fighting against His will. To the degree that you have led this fight will be the degree that God’s judgment will fall on you and your households. To the Christians that have joined themselves to this unholy alliance, may you repent quickly and separate yourselves from that which the Lord will expose as lies, deceit, and treachery against Him. His impartial justice has been declared. Woe to those who have called good evil and evil good, declaring their cause to be righteous. A strong east wind will now blow away the dark clouds of confusion, giving way to the light of God’s glory in Cedar Springs, Michigan. Amen.”

I am not sure what I find most disturbing. It could be that this man feels that God speaks directly to him, and potentially him alone, or that anyone who disagrees with his position will receive the wrath of God. What is more disturbing is that our school board thought that this gentleman was a good choice. It makes me much more open to the idea that perhaps they misjudged the character of our current superintendent as well.

When teachers feel so trapped that they feel the need to appeal directly to the public, it is time to take notice. 

Molly Nixon, 

Cedar Springs

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