Investing in our Future
Safety & Security * Technology * Building Improvements
Where do I vote?
- Click here to go to: michigan.gov/vote, and on that site, you can determine the location of your voting precinct. This is the best resource for up-to-date information.
- There are six townships represented within the Forest Hills Public Schools district. The following is a list of townships. Click on the township for a voter precinct map.
- Ada Township
- Cannon Township
- Cascade Charter Township
- City of Kentwood
- Grand Rapids City
- Grand Rapids Charter Township
Click here for the October-November Focus
TWO COMMUNITY FORUMS being held on the bond proposal. Please feel free to attend either forum to learn more about the proposal and ask any questions that you may have. The dates and locations for the forums are:
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
400 Alta Dale SE
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Fine Arts Center
600 Forest Hill Avenue SE
Please click on the building below to view the architecture board indicating the needed improvements:
Safety and Security
We must always be vigilant in ensuring our facilities are safe and secure for children and adults. This expectation requires continued focus and investment. This bond proposal would address the following safety and security needs:
- Create secure main entrances at Eastern Middle/High School and Goodwillie Environmental School.
- Replace high-mileage, older school buses.
- Implement card access readers on selected exterior doors to allow access to schools and prevent locked doors from being propped open.
- Improve congested student drop-off/ pickup zones and traffic flow at selected sites.
- Improve lighting (and energy efficiency) at school entrances.
The district believes that outstanding teachers cannot be replaced by machines and that technology is best used as a tool to enhance learning. Modern digital tools are helping to deepen understanding and engage the minds of students in numerous ways. While the district does not seek to provide each student with a computer, we do need to increase the number and type of devices over time in order to meet the strong demand from teachers to use these tools in classrooms to increase student success.
The bond proposal would:
- Allow for the purchase of technology that has a proven track record of enhancing learning, deepening student engagement, and expanding education beyond the classroom.
- Replace outdated computers and technology components, as needed.
- Increase the number of computers in each school in order to meet the state of Michigan’s requirement for computer-based testing in 2014-15.
This bond proposal would address some vitally important aspects aimed at keeping our school buildings in good condition and working order. Roofs, boilers, parking lots, fresh air handling equipment, and other components require investment to extend their useful life and responsible replacement at the conclusion of their lifecycle.
The bond proposal would:
- Replace building components at the end of their lifecycle including roofs, boilers, parking lots, ventilation equipment, athletic surfaces, and similar items.
- Continue to improve energy efficiency of all building components and systems.
No Tax Rate Increase Expected
Due to the retirement of previous bonds and the strong property values in our community, if this proposal is approved, the tax rate paid by property owners is not expected to increase.