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Committee Explores Tech, Building Improvements

Kelloggsville parents and administrators toured other schools to review facilities and determine how their schools measure up to the opportunities provided students in neighboring districts.

The committee will continue meeting this summer to explore a possible bond issue to fund district improvements.

Superintendent Greg Warsen said voter approval of a bond proposal could fund technology, facility upgrades, and make buildings more energy efficient. The board could put the issue on the ballot in May 2014, at the earliest. An amount has not yet been determined, and the committee has discussed extending the existing bond.

 Kelloggsville’s current millage is set to expire with the last levy in December 2014. It is set at 7.3 mills and yields approximately $2.4 million annually.

A meeting to be scheduled in June will involve discussion on high priorities at the district. The district’s last bond issue was approved in 1998, which improved facilities at the high school by revamping the auditorium and cafeteria and funded other building improvements as well.

Administrators and committee members recently toured Nickels Intermediate and Countryside Elementary schools, in Byron Center Public Schools; Discovery Elementary School, in Kentwood Public Schools; and Hopkins High School.

“We hope to continue this process as we collaborate on a vision for our schools this summer and into the fall,” Warsen said.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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