A citizens committee consisting of forty members from the Jenison community was established to study the capital needs of the school district. The committee met in September and October to review the facilities and found significant needs which include; technology and computer upgrades, additional school bus purchases to replace older vehicles, replacement of worn carpeting, repair and maintenance of building roofs, and the construction of a performing arts center.
At the regular Board of Education meeting held on October 25, 2010, representatives of the citizens committee presented to the board a recommendation for addressing the capital needs of the district. The committee met as a whole numerous times and also divided into subcommittees in order to develop the recommendation.
On Monday, November 8, 2010, the board voted 7-0 to pursue a $32M bond issue to address these needs. In considering the bond issue proposal, the board determined that a twenty-year bond would be needed to bring the Jenison facilities to a standard that is on par with other districts in the area. This equates to a millage increase of 1.96 mills, which would be funded through a vote by the citizens on Tuesday, February 22, 2011.
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