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Three Districts Seek Community Support in May 3 Election


Grandville Public Schools

REQUEST: A 10-year renewal of the district’s sinking fund millage, which funds repairs and maintenance of school facilities.

COST: The 1.4 mill renewal would not increase the property tax rate. The owner of a home with a taxable value of $75,000 would continue to pay $105 a year.

SNN STORY: May 3 Sinking Fund Renewal Sought

ADDITIONAL INFO: Grandville School Voters to Decide on Sinking Fund Millage Renewal

Kenowa Hills Public Schools

REQUEST: A $55.24 million bond issue over five years to replace aging equipment, upgrade facilities, update/expand technology and increase safety. Includes an eight-classroom addition, new boilers and hot water heaters, re-surfacing roofs, remodeled entranceways, two gymnasiums, district-wide technology upgrades.

COST: An increase of approximately .99 mills, costing the owner of a $100,000 home about $49.50 per year.

SNN STORY: Will the Third Time Be the Charm?

ADDITIONAL INFO: Kenowa Hills Officials Hope Voters Don’t Call Strike Three on Bond Proposal

Sparta Area Schools

REQUEST: A $58 million bond issue to be spent over seven years for security, technology and building upgrades. Includes a new middle school, renovated early childhood classrooms, new ballfields and stadium, classroom technology, remodeled entryways and district-wide facility upgrades.

COST: An increase of approximately 1.35 mills, costing the owner of a $100,000 home about $67 per year.

SNN STORY: New Middle School Part of May 3 Vote

ADDITIONAL INFO: Sparta Area Schools Bond Proposal Information

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Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a reporter and copy editor, covering East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills and Northview. She is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio or email Morgan.

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