Tuesday, May 19, 2015
On August 4, 2015, voters will be asked to consider a $21.88 million bond proposal to address growth and improve facilities. This proposal will extend Hudsonville Public Schools' current debt levy for six additional years without raising the current tax rate. The district’s enrollment has grown from 3,555 students in 1994 to 6,450 in 2015 and is projected to exceed 7,000 students in 2020.
The proposal being considered would provide for:
• Safe and secure entrances for all buildings
• Renovations to the recently purchased Heritage School building
• Renovations to Alward Elementary
• Additions at Riley Street Middle School
• District-wide technology enhancements
• Gradual replacement of an aging bus fleet
District leaders will be conducting Community Forums on June 29 and July 20 at 7:00 p.m. at our Administrative Offices (3886 VanBuren Street). We welcome your participation and the opportunity to answer any questions you may have.
Please visit www.hudsonvillepublicschools.org or call Dr. Nick Ceglarek at 616-669-1740, extension 1 for more information.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
PLEASE VOTE TUESDAY, MAY 5
ANNUAL OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL
On May 5, voters will be asked whether to renew Hudsonville Public School’s non-homestead millage. This is an annual renewal generating approximately $4 million dollars of operating revenue each year for our school district.
The non-homestead millage was established in 1994 with the passage of Proposal A. Proposal A shifted a large portion of property taxes to a state education tax and an increased sales tax. As a result of Proposal A, school districts must levy 18 mills on non-homestead properties to receive the full per-pupil foundation allowance funding from the state.
It is important to note this is NOT a tax on primary residences and is NOT a new tax. It is a proposal to continue the existing 18 mill assessment on only non-homestead properties such as industrial and commercial property and second homes. State law requires school districts levy this tax or lose a significant portion of their state per-pupil foundation allowance funding, which would potentially require cuts to student programs.
For more information, please contact:
Dennis Baine, Director of Business and Finance
Monday, February 23, 2015
ATTENTION CURRENT 9TH GRADE (2018) STUDENTS AND PARENTS
We will be holding two 10th grade course registration information meetings on Mon., March 9 in the Main Campus Auditorium at 6:00 and 8:00 pm. Students with last names beginning with A-K should attend the 6:00 meeting, while students with last names L-Z should attend the 8:00 meeting.The meeting will last approximately one hour. Because of constraints on space, please try to attend the meeting you are assigned. If you absolutely cannot attend your scheduled time, please try to attend the other time. We will be discussing the following items:
- New classes and/or class changes for the 2014-2015 school year
- Graduation requirements
- Important on-line course selection information
- Course selections for 10th grade and beyond
- Testing out procedures
- Teacher request procedures
- Tech Center information, including which courses can fulfill certain graduation requirements
- Where to look for college and scholarship information
Please plan to attend this brief but very important meeting.
Monday, January 26, 2015
When: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Where: Fillmore Complex Main Conference Room 12220 Fillmore St., West Olive
Presenta tion to include: Sheriff Rosema Ottawa County Sheriff’s department, Lt. Andy Fias WEMET, Dr. Corey Waller, Mark Witte Lakeshore Regional Partners, Kim Advent CMI, Leigh Moerdyke Pathways, MI, and 3 personal testimonies from persons recovering from heroin addiction.
Questi ons: Contact Leigh Moerdyke at 616-396-2301, ext. 127
***Children under 14 not recommended to be in attendance
The West Michigan Enforcement Team (WMET) has seen at least 4 overdoses from heroin or heroin like substances in the past year, significantly more than the last several years combined. While the percentage of youth who report using heroin is historically low, a new trend in youth substance abuse among teenagers is leading to increased heroin use in young adults. Youth misuse of prescription drugs at the middle school and high school level has been steadily increasing over the past several years and Ottawa County Youth are reporting they don’t see harm in using prescription medication without a doctor’s permission or prescription. Early misuse of prescription medication can lead to the eventual use of illicit drugs. Join us for a community presentation on the link between prescription drugs and heroin and to find out ways to prevent early misuse of prescription medication.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Planning for Enrollment Growth
As some of you may be aware, in November Hudsonville Public Schools (the District) purchased Heritage Christian School’s current building. To consider future possible uses of this building, the District is conducting a series of focus groups with randomly selected parents and staff as well as meeting with both student and community groups. Additionally, the District will hold two Town Hall meetings open to the entire community. These Town Hall meetings will take place on at 7:00 PM in our High School Auditorium. We are hopeful that many parents and community members will be able to hear the possibilities and participate in providing valued feedback. If possible, please join us for this important discussion.