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Voters approve bond request by 2-to-1 margin

Will pay for restoration of damaged school, security upgrades

Godfrey-Lee –– District residents’ approval of a $17.79 million bond request will restore the damaged middle and high school, upgrade security and create a better learning environment, Superintendent Kevin Polston said this morning.

According to Kent County election reporting, as of 8:15 a.m. Wednesday the measure was approved by a 1,505-730 vote, with 84.9% of ballots counted.

“On behalf of the Board of Education, staff, and students, I express sincere appreciation to our community for supporting the bond proposal to renovate and restore Lee Middle and High School,” Polston said. “The investment and trust our community provided to Godfrey-Lee Public Schools will create a quality learning environment for our students.”  

The approval of the bond will provide $17.79 million for GLPS to restore and renovate Lee Middle and High School, which was badly damaged by a June 2019 roof collapse. It will also upgrade security, accessibility, the performing arts program and technology equipment. It levies an increase of 1.67 mills for the 30-year bond, equivalent to an increase of $5.50 per month for the average homeowner in the district.

“Godfrey-Lee takes the responsibility of being good stewards of taxpayer dollars seriously,” Polston said. “We look forward to making good on the promise of enhanced school facilities for students to live out their hopes and dreams through their education.”


School News Network story on bond request details

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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