Posted on 08 April 2011.
The Cedar Springs Public Schools Board of Education is requesting a one (1) mill sinking fund levy for a period of ten (10) years at the May 3, 2011 election.
• One mill would cost a homeowner with a $100,000 property value fifty dollars per year, less than one dollar per week.
• A sinking fund is a “pay as you go plan” with no interest or finance charges incurred by taxpayers.
• Stagnant or declining state funding has forced budget cuts for the last six years.
• Additional cuts and increased costs from the State are currently proposed at 2.4 million for the 2011-12 school year. In order to continue to support our infrastructure needs without additional funding we will be forced to cut programs for kids.
The Board of Education has worked hard to be good financial stewards.
Since 2003, the Board of Education has increased the district fund balance from a low of 5.7 percent to a current level of 14.99 percent. This fund balance allows us
to meet July, August, and September payrolls without the need to borrow. The Board has also decreased the percent of dollars spent on payroll from 85% to 75%.
Teachers, administrators, and support staff have taken freezes and benefits cuts to support our student needs first.
The Sinking Fund is the means by which the District can protect the community’s investment used by our students, staff, parents, and community.
Posted in Cedar Springs Public Schools
Posted on 10 March 2011.
The Cedar Springs Board of Education adopted a proposal on February 14, 2011 to go for a one mill sinking fund for the Cedar Springs Schools for a ten year period. The election will be held on May 3, 2011.
The Board acted on the recommendation of a District Advisory Committee composed of parents, staff and community members that have been working on the issue since October of 2010.
Additional information will be coming. Community forums are planned for:
Tuesday, April 12 – Cedar Trails at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 14 – Community Night
Wednesday, April 20 – Red Hawk at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 26 – High School at 7:00 p.m.
Posted in Cedar Springs Public Schools
Posted on 13 January 2011.
As citizen leaders, individual school board members face complex and demanding challenges. They are alternately described as having the most important volunteer jobs in the country and facing the toughest challenge in elected American government. Yet school board members are just ordinary citizens with extraordinary dedication to our nation’s public schools.
Their job is to establish a vision for the education program, design a structure to achieve that vision, ensure schools are accountable to the community and strongly advocate continuous improvement in student learning. Yet local trustees sometimes tackle an often thankless job devoid of any glory. Too often we are quick to criticize school board members without really knowing all the details that went into a given decision. Now is the time to thank them for their untiring efforts.
Although they wear many hats in the workday world, school board members put on a collective hat when they get down to the business of leading their school districts. Board members must pull together as a team toward a common goal—helping students achieve.
Too often we forget about the personal sacrifices school board members routinely make. Board members contribute hundreds and hundreds of hours each year leading their districts. The time spent in board meetings represents just a small fraction of the hours school board members spend leading in their districts. They also work hard at seminars and training sessions to keep abreast of the latest trends in educational leadership, are deeply involved in community activities and spend many hours in the schools and at extracurricular events. Their love for learning, and concern and caring for students, staff and community, drives board members’ desire to lead so students can achieve.
In recognition of the dedicated service, January is designated School Board Recognition Month. This is a time to show our appreciation and begin to better understand how local trustees work together to provide a better future for our children. In January, join with others from throughout our district and state to salute our Board of Education.
Joe Marckini, President
Jeff Gust, Trustee
Brook Nichols, Vice President
Matt Shoffner, Trustee
Todd Hanson, Treasurer
Shannon Vanderhyde, Trustee
Tim Avery, Secretary
Posted in Cedar Springs Public Schools, Schools