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Strong Schools Help Make Strong Communities

Strong schools make West Michigan a great place to live,
raise a family or start a business

Thank you to our voters for approving the Strong Schools, Strong Communities enhancement millage on May 2, 2017!  The Strong Schools Strong Communities millage and the revenue it provides allows the expansion of opportunities like early college programs and support for students. With these funds, local districts are able to expand career training for students through job shadows, internships, apprenticeships and long-term mentorships. Students are also exposed to the world of work through field trips and tours of local businesses, and by having business representatives visit classrooms.

Millage dollars help make training available to teachers to help them incorporate skills required for success in college and careers into their cirriculum.  Districts can also use millage funds to retain and recruit teachers and support staff necessary to help students succeed.

Strong schools are the key to attracting families and business to West Michigan. And they’re an essential part of our quality of life in our communities. Strengthening our schools strengthens our future workforce and develops strong talent right here in West Michigan. 
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What every taxpayer should know:

Below are three facts about Strong Schools Strong Communities 

  • By law, every penny generated from this proposal is distributed to local school districts on a per-student basis to maintain existing programs and improve services offered to students
  • The millage provides $211 per student for every student in a district
  • ​The millage dollars will be publicly reported on this website along with each district’s website and an independent audit will be conducted to ensure transparency and accountability

Byron Center Public Schools

Byron Center Public Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

Byron Center Public Schools is responsible for educating nearly 4,000 students. The buildings include the Early Childhood Center, three K-4 Elementary Buildings (Brown Elementary, Countryside Elementary, and Marshall Elementary), Nickels Intermediate (5th-6th Grade), Byron Center West Middle School (7th-8th Grade), and Byron Center High School (9th-12th Grades). BCPS works hard to support students’ learning through the academics, athletics, and the arts. Furthermore, Byron Center Public Schools understands that meeting students’ social and emotional needs is also an integral part of the learning process.

District Mission  

Opening the doors of tomorrow for students today.

Career Learning

Strengthening our schools strengthens our future workforce, helping develop talent right here in our district. The students and staff  in Byron Center Public Schools are grateful to our voters for approving the Strong Schools, Strong Communities millage which we are putting to good use for students.  We help students consider and connect with possible careers, build the skills expected in the workplace and learn about options after graduation, including college, technical training or going directly into the workforce. We offer career and technical coursework through Kent Career Tech Center, Kent Transition Center, and through courses that are set within our curriculum at Byron Center Public Schools.

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all of K-12 learning, beginning with literacy, mathematics, science, social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students with a wide range of courses including foreign languages, art, STEM and STEAM, AP and Honors courses as well as after-school opportunities ranging from school sports, clubs, and fine arts

Support for Students

Most students will need a little help at some point in their schooling. They might struggle with a particular subject, an assignment, or a life challenge for themselves or their family. We work hard to support students so they succeed, including hiring the best staff to assist them. We support the social/emotional needs of children through a full-time counseling staff and the academic needs of children through highly qualified Interventionists, Academic Support Instructors, and various after school opportunities.

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a crucial time in children’s lives, a time when they engage in the world around them and learn all the basics they will use in school and beyond. Our Great Start Readiness Preschool classroom helps children prepare for school success. In addition, Byron Center Public Schools offers a private pre-school for our three-year-old and four-year-old learners. The Early Childhood Staff work collaboratively with our elementary staff to ensure students are kindergarten-ready.

How Byron Center is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • Enhancement funding areas focus on social, emotional and behavioral supports in the classrooms. Specifically, counseling and behavior intervention have now been implemented in the K-12 setting.
  • Funding has also been used for increased support in academic areas such as math and reading. Interventionists have been hired to support all levels of academic learning. Through this support, students are able to be met at their ability and continue to excel academically.
  • Extra funding has been used to create successful extracurricular programs to support out of the classroom initiatives. One specific area that the enhancement funding has helped accomplish is an after-school program at the intermediate school. Through this program students get continued support beyond the normal school day.

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18

Expected amount - $839,058

Caledonia Community Schools

Caledonia Community Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

Caledonia Community Schools is a thriving school district serving students with excellence in a rapidly growing community.  Our school district engages our community to work collaboratively to benefit our students and families. We are dedicated to strong educational standards while providing many extra curricular experiences for our students.  We believe in growing the whole child while helping each one discover their unique gifts and talents. Strengthening our schools strengthens our future workforce, helping develop talent right here in our district. The students and staff in Caledonia Community Schools are grateful to our voters for approving the Strong Schools, Strong Communities millage!

District Mission

In pursuit of excellence, Caledonia Community Schools will empower and equip all persons to achieve their best by ensuring the highest quality system for learning. 

Career Learning

We help students consider and connect with possible careers, build the skills expected in the workplace and learn about options after graduation, including college, technical training or going directly into the workforce. We offer career and technical coursework through Kent Career Tech Center and engineering and project-based learning.

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all of K-12 learning, beginning with literacy, mathematics, science, social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students with a wide range of courses including Advanced Placement classes, German and Spanish, online courses, engineering, fine arts, business courses and after-school opportunities ranging from athletics and fine arts to robotics and Future Farmers of America. 

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a crucial time in children’s lives, a time when they engage in the world around them and learn all the basics they’ll use in school and beyond. Our Great Start Readiness Preschool classrooms help children prepare for school success.

Support for Students

Most students will need a little help at some point in their schooling. They might struggle with a particular subject, an assignment, or a life challenge for themselves or their family. We work hard to support students so they succeed, including hiring the best staff to assist them. We work diligently to create a positive learning environment to optimize our student’s ability to learn. 

How Caledonia is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • Enhancement funds have been used to maintain and increase our certified teaching staff so that we can maintain current class size. Specifically, we were able to preserve three teaching positions that had been identified for potential reduction in force. Caledonia Community Schools also hired additional certified teachers.
  • Enhancement funding was allocated for additional staff to provide critical behavioral and emotional support for student success
  • Enhancement funding has been allocated to purchase educational resources including, but not limited to, textbooks for optimal learning and support. 

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18

Expected amount - $1,062,280

 

 

 

 

 

Cedar Springs Public Schools

Cedar Springs Public Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

Ceder Springs Public Schools is located within the city limits of Cedar Springs in Kent County Michigan and part of the Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) serving students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12. We are unique in the fact that the majority of the schools are located on a campus setting with the exception of the Middle School which is located one mile south of the main campus. The setting is secure, picturesque, and allows easy access for families participating in activities for more than one child. Our school mascot is a Red Hawk and our colors are red, black and white. 

District Mission

Cedar Springs Public Schools is a welcoming, inclusive educational environment where students are challenged to reach their potential, and are prepared for life beyond school.

Career Learning

We offer career and technical coursework through the Kent Career Tech Center and Kent Innovation High. Our district offers an Early Middle College program where students can earn up to 62 transferable college credits toward their undergraduate degree and/or an Associate’s Degree from Grand Rapids Community College. We have added a significant number of new devices in all of our schools for both teachers and students for an enhanced learning experience. 

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all of K-12 learning beginning with literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students with a wide range of courses including advanced placement, world languages, health and physical education, business and technology and visual, performing or applied arts. Cedar Springs offers a wide range of activities inluding sports, band, student council, Future Farmers of America, theater and other student lead clubs.

Support for Students

We work hard to support students so they succeed, including hiring the best staff to assist them. In addition, we have several programs and partnerships in our community including Reading Now Network and a health clinic offering medical, dental and behavioral services to students right on our campus. 

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a crucial time in children's lives, a time when they engage in the world around them and learn all the basics they'll use in school and beyond.  Our Great Start Readiness Preschool programs help children prepare for school success by providing them with reading tutors.

How Cedar Springs is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • To stabilize and reduce class sizes
  • To purchase technology and equipment for enhanced student learning
  • To expand high school student learning through dual enrollment and Early Middle College

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18

Expected amount - $739,728

 

 

 

Comstock Park Public Schools

Comstock Park Public Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

Comstock Park Public Schools is a suburban school district located north of Grand Rapids, Michigan. It houses approximately 1927 students and is just 9x4 miles in size. The schools are arranged according to the developmental levels of students: Greenridge houses the early childhood programs, preschool and Special Education programs; Stoney Creek houses grades Kdg.,1 and 2; Pine Island has grades 3, 4, and 5; Mill Creek has grades 6, 7 and 8; and Comstock Park High School has students in grades 9-12. The school district is housed in two townships –Alpine, Plainfield, and the City of Walker. Comstock Park Public Schools is a very culturally diverse district that has been nationally recognized multiple times for academic excellence by US News & World Report. Strengthening our schools strengthens our future workforce, helping develop talent right here in our district. The students and staff here in Comstock Park Public Schools are grateful to our voters for approving the Strong Schools, Strong Communities millage, which we are putting to good use for students. 

District Mission

To prepare and guide students to be productive citizens in an evolving world by developing the whole child, appreciating and valuing differences, and by fulfilling the individual needs of our children providing a safe and nurturing environment for growth.

Career Learning

We help students consider and connect with possible careers, build the skills expected in the workplace and learn about options after graduation, including college, technical training or going directly into the workforce. We offer career and technical coursework through Kent Career Tech.   

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all of K-12 learning, beginning with literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students with a wide range of courses including introductory computer instruction K-2, dedicated STEM instruction in grades 3-5 and music, fine arts and physical education at all grade levels. Mill Creek Middle School students have the ability gain high school credit in multiple subjects while Comstock Park High School students have robust Advanced Placement and dual enrollment opportunities to earn college credit. Comstock Park offers after-school opportunities ranging from elementary enrichment activities in coding and engineering to secondary club activities in many diverse areas such as gaming, theater and bowling.

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a crucial time in children’s lives – when they engage in the world around them and learn all the basics they will use in school and beyond. Our Great Start Readiness Preschool classrooms help children prepare for school success.  

Support for Students

Most students will need a little help at some point in their schooling. They might struggle with a particular subject, an assignment, or a life challenge for themselves or their family. We work hard to support students so they succeed, including hiring the best staff to assist them. In addition, we employ early literacy coaches, elementary and secondary reading and math interventionists and a high school career academy focusing on credit acquisition and work place skills. Comstock Park provides both elementary and secondary afterschool academic support programs, including transportation.

How Comstock Park is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • Support elementary and secondary reading and math interventionists for at-risk students. 
  • Maintain staffing of secondary guidance counselors to assist with college and career planning.
  • Expand high school Advanced Placement course offerings for college preparedness and early credit opportunities. 
  • Maintain dual enrollment courses for our high school students to obtain college credit opportunities and assist with college and career preparedness. 

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18

Expected amount - $405,968

 

 

 

 

East Grand Rapids Public Schools

East Grand Rapids Public Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

East Grand Rapids Public Schools is located in the heart of a small neighborhood community in West Michigan. Three elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school provide approximately 3000 students with rigorous academic programs, excellent opportunities in the arts and co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that meet the developmental needs of the whole child. Our district stands out as a model of public education and we have received many local, state, and national accolades, honors, and awards in our long history of excellence.  At East, our motto of "A Tradition of Excellence" continues to be a commitment, a challenge, and an expectation. Strengthening our schools strengthens our future workforce, helping develop talent right here in our district. The students and staff in East Grand Rapids Public Schools are grateful to our voters for approving the Strong Schools, Strong Communities millage, which we are putting to good use focused on teaching and learning. 

District Mission

Educating and inspiring each student to navigate successfully in a global community

Career Learning

We help students consider and connect with possible careers, build the skills expected in the workplace and learn about options after graduation, including college, technical training, or going directly into the workforce.

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all of K-12 learning, beginning with literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students with a wide range of learning experiences and courses including art, music, drama, physical education, world languages, business, and technology. The district’s high school International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme was implemented in the Fall of 2016 as another learning opportunity.  We also have after school opportunities for students ranging from athletics, music, drama, and several other academic pursuits including robotics, We The People, Quiz Bowl, Model United Nations, Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, and Online Math League.

Support for Students

We work hard to support students so they succeed academically, socially, and emotionally during their K-12 learning journey. We believe in the development of the whole child and support all students through services that address their needs. We utilize a multi-tiered system of support that begins with high quality curriculum and instruction and support students with appropriate interventions.

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a crucial time in children’s lives, a time when they engage in the world around them and start to build the foundation of the basics they will use in school and beyond. Our preschool prorgram is accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and helps children  prepare for school success. During the school year East Grand Rapids Public Schools offers preschool programs, and before and after school child care for EGRPS students in kindergarten through fifth grades. Camp East is our district's summer child care program. A variety of planned activities are offered, including arts and crafts projects, games, story time, opportunities for small and large muscle movement, and outdoor play. 

How East Grand Rapids is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • $200,000    Elementary Reading Support                                                                              
  • $195,611    Elementary Specials (Art/Music/Physical Education)                    
  • $95,000      Additional Kindergarten Section (Wealthy Elementary School)   
  • $87,000      Additional High School Guidance Counselor                               
  • $35,000      Additional Classroom Technology Support                                   

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18

Expected amount - $612,611

Forest Hills Public Schools

Forest Hills Public Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

Forest Hills Public Schools serves more than 10,000 students and includes 18 school buildings, a fine arts center, a community/aquatic and senior center, and other service buildings. Moderately-sized schools
with smaller class sizes help the district feel smaller and enable us to stay more connected. We pride
ourselves on a reputation for academic excellence and innovative programming. Our staff is committed
to providing every student educational opportunities that will maximize each student’s preparation for
the future.  Strengthening our schools strengthens our future workforce, helping develop talent right here in our district. The students and staff in Forest Hills Public Schools are grateful to our voters for approving the
Strong Schools, Strong Communities millage, which we are putting to good use for students. 

District Mission

In partnership with our community, Forest Hills Public Schools will provide all learners with opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to build meaningful and productive lives.

Career Learning

We help students consider and connect with possible careers, build the skills expected in the workplace
and learn about options after graduation, including college, technical training or going directly into the
workforce. We offer career and technical coursework through Kent Career Tech Center, Kent Health
Career Internship and Kent Innovation High. In addition, Forest Hills Public Schools offers students a
wide array of career-related learning opportunities including business, communications, and industrial
technology courses, as well as work and cooperative education experiences.

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all of K-12 learning, beginning with literacy, mathematics, science,
social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students with a wide range of courses including
visual and performing arts, technology and robotics, world languages, and much more. Specialized
programs include language immersion programs in Spanish and Mandarin, outdoor and environmental
education, and a STEM Academy. After-school and summer learning opportunities are provided through
Enjoy Learning with exciting course offerings for all ages on wide ranging topics from aquatics to digital
learning.

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a critical time of development. Exploratory learning is especially important during this
time when rapid growth of cognitive, social, and emotional skills is experienced. Forest Hills Public
Schools offers numerous programs to support our youngest learners and help prepare them for school
success. Bright Beginnings serves families with children from birth to kindergarten with home visits,
playgroups, and screenings. Preschool programs include traditional preschool, Spanish immersion
preschool, and the Great Start Readiness program.

Support for Students

Many students may need a little extra support at some point in their schooling. This may occur in a
particular subject, with an assignment, or during a life challenge. We work hard to support students so
they succeed. This includes hiring the highest quality staffing and using evidence-based practices in
every classroom. In addition, we provide comprehensive K-12 guidance and counseling programming in
all of our schools, with preventive lessons and supports for individuals, small groups, and classrooms.
Forest Hills Public Schools also offers a continuum of special education programs and services including
resource programs, categorical classrooms, and post-secondary transition services.

How Forest Hills is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • Supporting our Teachers - FHPS provided teachers with a one percent increase in pay
    and advanced teachers on the salary schedule based upon experience and merit. State
    funding alone would not have covered these basic, inflationary costs for the 2017-18
    school year.
  • Maintain programming - FHPS continues to provide comprehensive educational
    programming in small-school environments where each child receives specialized focus
    and attention.

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18

Expected amount - $2,071,794

 

 

 

Godfrey Lee Public Schools

 

Godfrey-Lee Public Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

Godfrey-Lee Public Schools is a small community school district with an experienced and dedicated staff that offers small class sizes to a culturally diverse student population. This signifies the commitment to academic excellence shared by the staff and community. The community provides strong support for our schools, as exhibited through partnerships with a network of organizations, local businesses, and higher education institutions. The Godfrey-Lee community embraces the concept of educating the whole child by focusing on academics, fine arts, character development and civic responsibilities.

District Mission

Prepare each student for college and career in a global community

Career Learning

We offer career and technical coursework through the Kent Career Tech Center and dual-enrollment classes through Grand Rapids Community College. We also have a focus on relevant and meaningful learning experiences that extend beyond our students' time at Godfrey-Lee. A hallmark of this philosophy is our Senior Capstone projects where our students demonstrate their learning in an applied manner toward a possible career or area of study.

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all of K-12 learning beginning with literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students with a wide range of courses including a comprehensive educational program in the fine and performing arts, physical education, and integrated STEM instruction.  We also have after school opportunities including TEAM 21, co-curricular clubs, academic support opportunities, adult learning, athletics, and a music program.

Support for Students

We work hard to support students so they succeed, including hiring the best staff to assist them. In addition, we offer Kent School Services Network support at each site in our district, the only district in Kent County that provides this level of service. We also offer social work, speech pathologists, guidance counselors, staff to support English learners, success coaches, instructional coaches, reading and math specialists, and we partner with Kent ISD for literacy coaching support.

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a crucial time in children's lives, a time when they engage in the world around them and learn all the basics they'll use in school and beyond. Our Great Start Readiness Preschool programs help children prepare for school success. In addition, we partner with Kent ISD to support the Bright Beginnings program.

How Godfrey Lee is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • Attracting high quality teachers
  • Increasing salaries in the early years to retain talent
  • Providing updated curriculum materials to support literacy instruction
  • Purchasing resources for STEM instruction
  • Support innovative initiatives resulting from the district’s human-centered design process focused on learning growth and achievement in content and critical 21st century skills

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18

Expected amount - $397,245

 

 

 

 

Godwin Heights Public Schools

Godwin Heights Public Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

Godwin Heights Public Schools consists of 2,189 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.  This includes two elementary buildings for grades K through 4th, one middle school for 5th through 8th and one high school for grades 9th through 12th.  The district also includes an alternative education building.  Godwin Heights Public Schools provides programs and services to more than 295 children from infant to age 26 who have special needs.  A diverse community of learners is celebrated where more than 20 languages are represented.  Godwin Heights is also home to championship athletic and band programs.  Strengthening our schools strengthens our future workforce, helping to develop talent right here in our district. The school community of Godwin Heights is grateful to our voters for approving the Strong Schools, Strong Communities millage, which we are putting to good use for students.

District Mission

All students possess the ability to learn, to experience personal success, and to be productive citizens. Godwin Heights Public Schools deliver quality education enabling each student to work cooperatively and to participate effectively in our diverse, democratic society.  

Career Learning

Godwin Heights Public Schools believes all students can experience personal success and be productive citizens.  Classrooms are engaging and provide real world application of  21st century skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. A growth mindset helps students consider and connect with possible careers, build the skills expected in the workplace and learn about options after graduation, including college, technical training or going directly into the workforce. We offer career and technical coursework through Kent Career Tech Center.  In addition, numerous students from Godwin Heights High School have gone on to post secondary institutions.  Over the past two years, over 90% of the graduating class has applied to one post secondary program, and over 90% of the graduating class has been accepted into a post secondary program.

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all K-12 learning, beginning with literacy across all content areas, including mathematics, science, and social studies. Utilizing elements of sheltered instruction, Godwin Heights Public Schools staff intentionally plan and deliver lessons based on student needs and strengths.  After-school opportunities include T.E.A.M. 21 program, tutoring for qualifying students, clubs, music and athletics.  Partnering with community organizations enables access to many resources for our school community. Kent School Services Network (KSSN) brings health and human services into our school buildings to serve students and families.  K-12 family nights are designed to bridge communication between home and school.   

Early Childhood

Our Great Start Readiness Preschool classrooms help children prepare for school success. Preschool can help children develop intellectually and socially. Through structured play experiences, parents find their children ready for kindergarten.

Support for Students

Most students will need a little help at some point in their schooling. They might struggle with a particular subject, an assignment, or a life challenge for themselves or their family. We believe that relationships are the key to success in life. We strive to support students through relevancy and clear expectations.  Godwin Heights Public Schools employ highly qualified educators that believe that success for all students is attainable.  In addition, we provide targeted interventions K-12, to support our students in all content areas.   Currently at the high school we provide student advisory classes for career exploration, SAT prep classes to increase achievement on the SAT test, and academic advancement classes for intervention, as well as enrichment opportunities. Godwin Heights Public Schools shares a partnership with Kent District Library to allow all students access to all resources at local branches and electronically.

How Godwin Heights is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • Reducing budget deficit by off setting cost increases of programs such as health (mental/physical) services, community schools and character development
  • Retaining high-quality instructional staff
  • Purchasing curricula materials

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18

Expected amount - $456,762

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Public Schools

Grand Rapids Public Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) is Michigan’s fifth largest public school district and the third largest employer in the City of Grand Rapids, serving nearly 17,000 students with 2,700 employees, including 1,400 dedicated teachers. The student population represents 55 countries with 54 different languages spoken, creating a value-added educational experience and benefit that is above and beyond a basic education.  GRPS proudly offers the largest selection of school choices in all of West Michigan, including neighborhood, theme, Center of Innovation, special education, and charter. Neighborhood schools offer a traditional education.

They are located throughout the city and are open to all students within their attendance area. Exciting pilot programs are underway to strengthen the connection between neighborhood schools and neighborhood residents at Congress and Mulick Park. Theme schools offer the core curriculum through a unique lens, including environmental science, arts and music, global studies, leadership, Montessori, International Baccalaureate and more. In many theme schools, students have the opportunity for place based education and exciting extracurricular programming to enhance their learning.

Four of the theme schools are test-in schools. One of those schools, City High Middle School, consistently ranks as the top performing school in all of West Michigan and among the top in the state (ACT scores, “U.S. News & World Report”, and “The Washington Post”). The Centers of Innovation are unique public-private partnerships that offer students a rigorous classroom education along with opportunities to connect with professional mentors, complete job shadowing and internships, and earn college and trade school credits or career certification to prepare them for in-demand, high paying careers.

District Mission

To ensure that all students are educated, self-directed and productive members of society

Career Learning

Strengthening our schools strengthens our future workforce, helping develop talent in our district. The students and staff in Grand Rapids Public Schools are grateful to our voters for approving the Strong Schools, Strong Communities millage which we are putting to good use for students. Some of the areas we emphasize include helping students consider and connect with possible careers.  We do this by building the skills expected in the workplace and teaching about options for after graduation including college, technical training or going directly into the workforce.

We offer career and technical coursework programming options throughout our high schools. Innovation Central High School offers career exploration opportunities through each of its four career pathways, Academy of Business, Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Academy of Design and Construction, Academy of Modern Engineering, and the Academy of Health Sciences. In addition, we have begun planning for a second career pathways school which will be housed at Ottawa Hills High School. We are finalizing potential career pathways at Ottawa Hills High School, and in 2017/2018, we began our first phase of this work by creating an Early Middle College.

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all of K-12 learning, beginning with literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students in a wide variety of courses including fine arts, physical education, JROTC, and various classes in technology.  We also have theme schools which have alternative curricula (Montessori, International Baccalaureate, Museum Education, and college prep). After-school opportunities range from robotics (elementary, middle and high school) to a full complement of interscholastic and intramural athletics.

Support for Students

Most students will need a little help at some point in their schooling. They might struggle with a particular subject, an assignment, or a life challenge for themselves or their family. We work hard to support students so they succeed, including hiring the best staff to assist them. In addition, we utilize Title dollars to provide additional supports to students in low-income families including Youth Advocate Specialists, counseling,and lab classes that support the Michigan Merit Curriculum to help ensure students meet challenging academic standards.

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a crucial time in children’s lives, a time when they engage in the world around them and learn all the basics they’ll use in school and beyond. Our preschoolers get to explore new concepts daily through hands-on activities with rich literacy and math learning materials integrated into the classroom’s interest areas.  Children “Purposely Play” throughout the day. GRPS World-Class preschoolers also take their learning outdoors to do real-world learning thanks to our use of Creative Curriculum, which keeps the content highly engaging and relevant to young children.

How Grand Rapids is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • Curriculum - We are using the enhancement funds to update and upgrade our curriculum, including new technology-based science and mathematics curricula. The funds are also being used to adequately train our teachers and other staff on the delivery of these new curricula.
  • Third Grade Literacy - Enhancement funds are being used to provide additional staff resources and materials to improve third grade literacy.
  • College and Career Readiness - Enhancement funds are being used to provide additional staff resources and materials to ensure all graduates of Grand Rapids Public Schools are college and/or career ready. Expanding access to Advanced Placement Courses, supporting mentoring programs for our Centers of Innovation students, additional counseling support for our high schools students are just some of the ways we are using the enhancement funds to prepare our students for successful college and employment careers.

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18

Expected amount - $3,541,319

 

 

 

Grandville Public Schools

 

Grandville Public Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

Known for its committed faculty, Grandville Public Schools has been a premier public school district in West Michgan for more than a century.  We serve approximately 5,700 students in Young Kindergarten through 12th grade with seven elementary schools from Walker to Grandville to Wyoming.  We offer child care, preschool, Community Education and a transitional program for young adults with special needs.  We have one of the highest Advanced Placement course offereings in West Michigan.  New for 2017, the district is opening Pathways High School, a blended-learning educational option for 10th-12th grade students who are credit deficient.  Strengthening our schools strengthens our future workforce, helping develop talent right here in our district. The students and staff in Grandville are grateful to our voters for approving the Strong Schools, Strong Communities millage, which we are putting to good use for students.

District Mission

Improving lives by producing successful, life-long learners

Career Learning

We help students consider and connect with possible careers, build the skills expected in the workplace and learn about options after graduation, including college, technical training or going directly into the workforce. We offer career and technical coursework through Kent Career Tech Center, through elective offerings in our high school, and through one of the premier robotics programs in the country.In addition, our district is committed to partnerships with local businesses to provide students with insight and experience within many career fields. These include experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Our 1:1 technology initiative provides students with the necessary tools to acquire skills needed to thrive in the 21st Century.    

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all of K-12 learning, beginning with literacy, mathematics, science, social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students with a wide range of courses including Advanced Placement, Business and Careers, Manufacturing Technology,  Engine Technology, Web Design for Forensic Science, Computer Science, Marketing, the Arts, and certification to be an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).  We take pride in the multiple opportunities our students can experience after school as well. We have a state of the art fitness center with a certified trainer on staff. In addition, we offer K-12 state, national, and internationally recognized Robotics Program and 29 varsity sport offerings that rank in the top 20 in the state of Michigan.

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a crucial time in children’s lives, a time when they engage in the world around them and learn all the basics they’ll use in school and beyond. Our Great Start Readiness Preschool classrooms help children prepare for school success.  We offer an all day every day young kindergarten experience as well as traditional kindergarten. We take pride in providing custom learning plans for every child.

Support for Students

Most students will need a little help at some point in their schooling. They might struggle with a particular subject, an assignment, or a life challenge for themselves or their family. We work hard to support students so they succeed, including hiring the best staff to assist them. In addition, we have a comprehensive multi-tiered system of support that ensures every child experiences the essential knowledge and skills needed now, for the next level of learning, and for life.  Additional supports are provided when a student needs intervention and additional time to learn what is essential.

How Grandville is currently using the funds generated from the voter-approved millage:

  • We have reduced kindergarten class size across the district to the low twenties to provide stronger attention to literacy and math essentials
  • We have established a comprehensive mental health support system by adding certified mental health coordinators to service our students and families

Enhancement Millage Dollars Expected in 2017-18 School Year: 

$1,189,751

 

Kelloggsville Public Schools

Kelloggsville Public Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

Kelloggsville Public Schools, home of the Rockets, is located within a 4.5 square mile radius nestled between the cities of Wyoming and Kentwood. Seven school buildings hold a diverse student popula

tion of 2,325 students, PreK through 12th grade and alternative education offerings. Kelloggsville is a diverse educational community that fosters a supportive learning environment for all learners. Our students enjoy focused attention, an engaged community and a strong sense of school pride.

District Mission

To embrace and model a community that values diversity, learning, caring and respect

Career Learning

We offer career and technical coursework through the Kent Career Tech Center and our district has several work internships.

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all of K-12 learning beginning with literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students with a wide range of courses including AP and foreign language. We also have after school opportunities ranging from sports and drama to various other clubs and activities.

Support For Students

We work hard to support students so they succeed, including hiring the best staff to assist them. In addition, we have counseling, home to school coordinators, instructional specialists and committed, caring support staff.

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a crucial time in children's lives - when they engage in the world around them and learn all the basics they'll use in school and beyond. Our Great Start Readiness Preschool programs help children prepare for school success.

How Kelloggsville is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • Taught AP Courses
  • Foreign Language

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18

Expected amount - $489,775

Kenowa Hills Public Schools

Kenowa Hills Public Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

Kenowa Hills Public Schools is located in the northwest suburban corner of the greater Grand Rapids with an enrollment of 3,000 students. The District has an exceptional early childhood program at its Early Childhood Center, servicing the needs of our Pre-Kindergarten learners, as well as before and after school childcare for elementary age learners. We have three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and three secondary satellite programs, Knights STEM Academy, Pathways and Middle College. Kenowa Hills is viewed as a leader in Michigan for its work in competency-based education. At Kenowa Hills, our greatest goal is preparing our students for a successful future. The traditional grade-based approach to advancement in school has been an unfortunate obstacle in this; every student learns at their own pace and in their own way, and it’s difficult to support the needs of every individual in a time-based school system. We think that this system is restrictive to student learning, and that’s why we became one of the first schools in Michigan to embrace competency-based education, or what we call, Personal Mastery. Learners at Kenowa Hills enjoy modern, well-equipped facilities at all grade levels thanks to the generous support of the community through the passage of a $14M bond proposal in 2010 and $55M bond proposal in 2016. Safety, security, technology and improved learning environments are being accomplished through our community's investment in our schools.

District Mission

Cultivate and graduate globally competitive citizens

Career Learning

We offer career and technical coursework through the Kent Career Tech Center and Knights STEM Academy, which is the only classroom in the state that is within an advanced manufacturing business. In this setting, middle and high school age learners are presented with industry problems that are solved through project-based learning that incorporates the curricular concepts that are taught in math and science.  Learners in our Pathways program participate in job shadows and internships based on their career interests. Learners in this program have flexibility through a seat-time waiver to complete the course work required for graduation while participating in an internship in their career of interest.

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all of K-12 learning beginning with literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students with a wide range of courses including advanced placement courses, dual-enrollment courses through local colleges and universities and a Middle College partnership with Davenport University where students earn an Associates Degree in the area of technology, nursing or business, along with their high school diploma after a fifth year of high school.  We also offer a wide array of athletics, fine arts and clubs, which are based on student interest.

Support for Students

We work hard to support students so they succeed, including hiring the best staff to assist them. In addition, we have extended learning opportunities including after school and summer academic programs, as well as enrichment opportunities for those learners who want to dive deeper into an area of interest.

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a crucial time in children's lives, a time when they engage in the world around them and learn the basics they'll use in school and beyond. Our Great Start Readiness Preschool program helps children prepare for school success. In addition,our Early Childhood Center offers a tuition-based program for 3 and 4-year olds, as well as an academic enriched childcare program and Early Childhood Special Education classrooms for qualifying students.

How Kenowa Hills is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • Lower classroom sizes at the early childhood level through the addition of one more young-fives kindergarten classroom, one more kindergarten classroom and one more 3rd grade classroom
  • Maintaining the School Resource Officer position, a partnership with the Kent County Sheriff's Department
  • Increasing our STEM program to introduce coding, electrical, robotics, engineering and design to all of our elementary learners.

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18

Expected amount - $653,315

 

 

 

Kent City Public Schools

Kent City Community Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

Kent City Community Schools is large enough to offer a comprehensive academic program and a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, while still small enough to maintain small class sizes and individual attention and support for our students. Our devoted teachers, administrators and support staff take a very personal approach to educating students at every level. We encourage parents and community members to join us as we guide our students toward their peak potential. Strengthening our schools strengthens our future workforce, helping develop talent right here in our district. The students and staff in Kent City Community Schools are grateful to our voters for approving the Strong Schools, Strong Communities millage, which we are putting to good use for students.

District Mission

To provide a nurturing learning environment and educate all students to be lifelong learners

Career Learning

We help students consider and connect with possible careers, build the skills expected in the workplace and learn about options after graduation, including college, technical training or going directly into the workforce. We offer career and technical coursework through Kent Career Tech Center.

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all of K-12 learning, beginning with literacy, mathematics, science, social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students with a wide range of courses including College for credit classes through GRCC and after-school opportunities ranging from literacy and reading help to enrichment activities.

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a crucial time in children’s lives – when they engage in the world around them and learn all the basics they’ll use in school and beyond. Our Great Start Readiness Preschool classrooms help children prepare for school success.

Support for Students

Most students will need a little help at some point in their schooling. They might struggle with a particular subject, an assignment, or a life challenge for themselves or their family. We work hard to support students so they succeed, including hiring the best staff to assist them. In addition, we have both student services staff, school social workers and behavioral interventionists to work with our students.

How Kent City is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • Additional behavioral interventionist at Kent City Middle School
  • Additional staffing at Kent City Middle School, lowering class sizes 
  • Additional classroom resources including technology upgrades
  • Additional transit van for after school trips

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18

Expected amount - $285,875

 

 

 

 

 

Kentwood Public Schools

Kentwood Public Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

Kentwood is a place where a globally diverse community and public school district unite to provide opportunities to live and learn in an inclusive and supportive setting. Partnering with parents and the community to educate all students in a safe, secure environment, the mission of Kentwood Public Schools is to educate students within an environment committed to excellence, equity, and diversity. The goal is for each student to master and apply the essential skills needed to be a successful and globally competitive citizen. Our students and staff model three important Points of Pride in daily routines at Kentwood:

  1. Grit.  Our students have the inner strength and intellectual capability to meet and rise above life’s challenges.
  2. Positive relationships and high expectations: Positive relationships provide the support needed to overcome difficult life circumstances. Positive relationships provide the strength to meet high expectations and tackle what feels like the impossible.
  3. Global schools focused on excellence: We succeed on an international stage because Kentwood has a global perspective with a commitment to excellence in all that we do.

District Mission

To educate students within an environment committed to excellence, equity, and diversity

Career Learning

We offer career and technical coursework through the Kent Career Tech Center and East Kentwood High School. We help students consider and connect with possible careers, build the skills expected in the workplace and learn about options after graduation, including college, technical training or going directly into the workforce.  In addition, we are exposing elementary and middle school students to more careers while expanding the coursework and opportunities for students to experience different careers when they get to high school. Electronic resources are provided to allow students to explore careers and help them prepare for careers in high school.

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all K-12 learning beginning with literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students with a wide range of courses including Culinary Arts, Environmental Science, African American Literature and College Writing. Students are able to choose from 21 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and a multitude of dual enrollment options. Before and after-school opportunities including Jazz Band, competitive athletics and clubs such as National Art Honor Society and Robotics are available to students as well. K-12 English Learners also receive a comprehensive range of language support services by certified EL Teachers, certified Academic Interventionists or Paraprofessionals. Language acquisition instruction is designed to promote the academic performance of EL students and ensure they acquire the same knowledge and skills as their peers. Newcomer Centers are provided at both elementary and middle school levels to allow students to receive extended instruction time which accelerates their language proficiency and progress toward understanding academic content in the general education curriculum. EL teachers, general education teachers and building administrators receive high quality professional development regarding instructional strategies for supporting and sustaining EL programs. We also have after-school opportunities ranging from athletics and fine arts to ARCH programs.

Support for Students

We work hard to support students so they succeed, including hiring the best staff to assist them. In addition, we have behavior and academic interventionists to enhance skills for students who may need extra help. Our Kent Schools Services Network provides families with necessary access to health care, mental health counseling and family outreach centers.

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a crucial time in children's lives, a time when they engage in the world around them and learn all the basics they'll use in school and beyond. Our Great Start Readiness Preschool programs help children prepare for school success. In addition, we offer tuition based pre-school programs and a wide range of tutoring.

How Kentwood is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • In August 2017, we expanded our Career Tech Education program by adding two full time teachers which helped us expand the program to meet the demand of the students. Our Residential Construction program continues to be a popular program on campus as enrollment continues to climb. The program was just approved to build an eight house development in Gaines Township. This would not have been possible without the enhancement millage dollars
  • In respect to the K-3 reading law we added three support staff to assure we have intentional lessons for all K-3 students in reading comprehension and fluency. In order to accomplish this, we also added three full time teachers to reduce teacher student ratio or class size.
  • We work collaboratively with Kent School Services Network (KSSN) to bring support services to our individual schools in Kentwood. KSSN brings health and human services into the school building to serve students and families. This idea is called a "community school." Placing services at school removes many barriers that families have, and helps keep students in class. When students are in class, they can keep learning and achieving. Because of the enhancement millage we were able to add two new schools this year and plan to add more in the future.
  • We added additional Technology staff to support our new Collaboration Centers.

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18

Expected amount - $1,911,846

 

Lowell Area Schools

Lowell Area Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

Within the district boundaries of Lowell Area Schools are four elementary schools serving families north or south of the city of Lowell, and inside city limits. Our Middle School and High School are known for high academic standards and innovative programs. In addition, Unity High School offers a personalized alternative setting for grades 9-12. The Wittenbach/Wege Agriscience and Environmental Center provides science instruction and trails within a natural setting.

District Mission

Lowell Area Schools, in the spirit of high expectations, ensures all students will master essential skills, empowering them to become lifelong learners and contributing, responsible members of our global community

Career Learning

We offer career and technical coursework through the Kent Career Tech Center and a variety of course offerings at our high school campus. In addition, our district provides career exploration opportunities for all students.

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all of K-12 learning beginning with literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students with a wide range of courses including Agri-Science and Vocational Education programs, fourteen AP programs, and more than 100 other course offerings which allows our students to individualize their pathway to success.

Support for Students

We work hard to support students so they succeed, including hiring the best staff to assist them. In addition, we provide reading and math intervention staff to support our students in the core areas. The district also has hired general education social workers and counselors to support our most at-risk students.

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a crucial time in children's lives, a time when they engage in the world around them and learn all the basics they'll use in school and beyond. Our Great Start Readiness Preschool programs help children prepare for school success. In addition, Lowell Area Schools offers a quality preschool experience at Curiosity Corner which gives children a head start to being successful in school. Curiosity Corner offers programs for children 2 1/2 through 5 years old.

How Lowell is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • Purchasing mobile technology such as Chrome books and iPads so students can investigate, create and communicate new material throughout their course work.
  • Hire new staff to maintain smaller class size
  • Hire new staff to support students struggling in reading
  • Hire social worker and counselor to support at-risk students
  • Expand instructional technology professional development

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18

Expected amount - $812,637

 

 

 

 

 

Northview Public Schools

Northview Public Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

As one of the finest school districts in the state, Northview Public Schools inspires all students to achieve their individual best in our safe, secure and nurturing learning environment. Share in our excitement for learning and our commitment to educational excellence. Northview’s combination of rigorous academic standards, an excellent staff, and community involvement is a proven recipe for success.

District Mission

Northview Public Schools and its community develop literate, creative problem solvers who are respectful, productive members of society ready for continued learning.

Career Learning

We offer career and technical coursework through the Kent Career Tech Center and Cooperative Opportunities for students to work and earn credit simultaneously. Northview is leading the way in teaching employability skills through the MiGPS initiative. The MiGPS initiative is Northview’s means for ensuring that all students have the knowledge, experiences and opportunities to be successful after high school – regardless of whether they choose to enter the workforce, join the military, or enroll in a two-year or four-year institution.

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all of K-12 learning beginning with literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students with a wide range of courses including art, vocal and instrumental music, physical education, world language, computer science, advanced problem solving and opportunities for middle school students to earn high school credit in math and world language. Northview is one of the only school districts in the state of Michigan to have teacher librarians in our elementary buildings.

Support for Students

We work hard to support students so they succeed, including hiring the best staff to assist them. In addition, we have a team of trained clinicians at all buildings who are ready to provide prevention services, support, direction and resources for our students and families. We partner with resources in Kent County to reduce barriers and increase rapid access to help those in need. A district-wide Educational Specialist provides support working with school social workers and counselors.

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a crucial time in children's lives, a time when they engage in the world around them and learn all the basics they'll use in school and beyond. Our Great Start Readiness Preschool programs help children prepare for school success. In addition, Northview’s licensed community preschool, developmental kindergartens, pre-primary impaired program and Bright Beginnings (for birth to kindergarten-entry aged children and their families) provide excellence in early childhood learning.

How Northview is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • Student services promoting positive mental and physical health outcomes
  • Not charging students to participate in athletics and the arts
  • Maintaining programs for the 2017-18 school year even with a decrease in enrollment 
  • Advancing high school student engagement through the teaching of employability skills and expanding career readiness

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18:

Expected amount - $693,420

 

 

 

 

Rockford Public Schools

Rockford Public Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

Rockford, a suburb of Grand Rapids Michigan, has been described by local journalists as an “idealistic, charming community”.  Rockford Public Schools is 100 square miles in area.  Rockford Public Schools has achieved a high standard of excellence in all academic, athletic and fine arts areas. As of fall 2017,  we have earned 60 State Championships in Athletics.  The marching band won the state championship this fall, and recently performed at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. As of fall 2017, the TV Studio has earned its 9th State Championship. Rockford High School has been recognized at being one of the top 500 high schools in America by Newsweek.  RHS has hundreds of students that each year participate in the Early College Program.   The Early College Program allows students to earn college credit for classes that they take at Rockford High School with RHS teachers. RPS has been recognized with the Advance Placement District of the Year Award. Also, RPS has been recognized as a state and national Blue Ribbon School District. This level of success has erupted into a community full of pride and support for the Rockford Public School system.  Strengthening our schools strengthens our future workforce, helping develop talent right here in our district. The students and staff here in Rockford Public Schools are grateful to our voters for approving the Strong Schools, Strong Communities millage, which we are putting to good use for students. Some of the areas we emphasize include class size, career pathways, STEAM, and providing individualized success plans for all students. The strength of our community is our schools, and the strength of our schools is our community.  Rockford Public Schools is proud to be a part of a community that recently was recognized as one of the top ten communities in Michigan to raise a family.  Working together we are accomplishing great things!

District Mission

To provide a safe teaching and learning environment which will ensure, with the support of the students, parents and community, that all students, upon graduation, will have the academic and social skills to be successful, lifelong learners in a global society.

Career Learning

We help students consider and connect with possible careers, build the skills expected in the workplace and learn about options after graduation, including college, technical training or going directly into the workforce. We offer career and technical coursework through Kent Career Tech Center.  Additionally, we offer rich and rigorous elective course opportunities that assist students in identifying careers and jobs that match their skills and abilities. These include TV Studio, Broadcasting, Personal Finance, Business, Communications, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and Art.  Rockford Public Schools is in the process of developing and implementing a college and career readiness and career pathways program. 

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all of DK-12 learning, beginning with literacy, mathematics, science, social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students with a wide range of options including newly developed courses such as the following in each grade level:

  • Elementary Coding and Makerspace/STEAM curriculum
  • Middle School STEM 1, STEM II, and Robotics
  • High school AP Computer Science, and Computer Science I and II
  • World Language program:  Elementary Spanish Immersion, a 4-year high school program in Chinese, Japanese, French,German and Spanish
  • Early College program that allows students to earn college credit for classes that they take at RHS with RHS teachers 

We recognize that learning does not stop when the final bell rings.  More than 85% of our students involved in after-school opportunities including fine arts, athletics and clubs. We believe that by having our students involved in school sponsored activities, they will feel better connected and more valued as an important part of each school they attend.

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a crucial time in children’s lives, a time when they engage in the world around them and learn all the basics they will use in school and beyond. Our Great Start Readiness Preschool classrooms help children prepare for school success. This year we are servicing 32 students, two sections of 16. Both sessions meet all day.  This outstanding program is helping our youngest learners. RPS puts a great emphasis on early literacy.  We make sure that we differentiate instruction to help all levels of learners.  We have an Early Childhood Special Education program that meets the needs of students ages 2-6.  We recognize the importance in early intervention and most of these students can catch up with their peers in a short amount of time.  

Support for Students

Most students will need some help at some point in their schooling. They might struggle with a particular subject, an assignment, or a life challenge for themselves or their family. We work hard to support students so they succeed, including hiring the best staff to assist them. In addition, we have programs to meet the needs of all level of learners in every grade level and content area.  We believe that every student can learn and recognize some may need additional time and support which we provide.  We work as a team with parents, students, staff, support staff and community organizations to meet our goals. Additionally, we have implemented a Developing Healthy Kids program.  The program continues to focus on providing community education and prevention presentations geared toward mental health awareness and suicide prevention

How Rockford is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • Hired additional staff and support staff to lower class sizes
  • Expanded programs such as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and Career Pathways
  • Expanded counseling at all 6-12 grade levels to meet the needs of all students 
  • Expanded our Developing Healthy Kids program which focuses on mental health and other areas where we feel we need improvement in meeting the needs of all students
  • Allocated additional funds for classroom teaching and learning materials

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18

Expected amount - $1,687,506

 

Sparta Area Schools

Sparta Area Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

Sparta Area Schools is committed to creating lifelong learners who are caring and contributing members of society.  Believing all students are unique; we offer diverse opportunities.  We set high expectations and believe opportunities create possibilities so students are encouraged to explore.  Staff is committed to preparing students for success by supporting them to be confident, creative thinkers and problem solvers.  For a bright tomorrow, we instill in students the confidence to pursue their dreams. Strengthening our schools strengthens our future workforce, helping develop talent in our district. The students and staff of Sparta Area Schools are grateful to our voters for approving the Strong Schools, Strong Communities millage, which we are putting to good use for students. 

District Mission

Sparta Area Schools will provide high quality educational opportunities to ensure success for all    

Career Learning

We help students consider and connect with possible careers, build the skills expected in the workplace and learn about options after graduation, including college, technical training or going directly into the workforce. We offer career and technical coursework through Kent Career Tech Center.  In addition, at Sparta Area Schools we create Education Development Plans for all of our general education students in high school.  We also provide dual enrollment, concurrent college courses offered and eight Advanced Placement opportunities at Sparta High School.  At our middle school, we utilize Career Cruising so our students can identify career interests and develop Educational Development Plans that help them plan for coursework to be successful.  For grades K-5, we provide Junior Achievement programming.  This program introduces students to the concepts of financial literacy, economic exchange, goods and services and money management as students learn practical information about the need for employees who can meet the demands of the 21st century job market. 

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all of K-12 learning, beginning with literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students with a wide range of courses and after-school opportunities including Science Olympiad, Yearbook, Website Design, Weight Training, Advanced Placement Computer Science, Advanced Placement Psychology, and Intro to Business at our high school.  We also offer after-school opportunities ranging from academic support, to band and athletics.   We proudly offer over 30 co-curricular programs, while competing in the Michigan Competitive Bands Association and the OK Blue Athletic Conference.  Sparta Schools uses the Gradual Release of Responsibility as our framework for instruction where teachers model, then guide students to understanding, finally releasing them to do independent work. At our middle school, we provide a comprehensive Spanish and accelerated math option for students.  Both of these classes allow students to leave with high school credits by the end of eighth grade.  At the elementary level, we offer the Links Program where students connect with other students to be mentors.  We also offer Girls on the Run which inspires elementary aged girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experiences-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.  Sparta After School Intervention (SASI) is offered to assist with language acquisition and vocabulary development for our English Learners. 

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a crucial time in children’s lives, a time when they engage in the world around them and learn all the basics they will use in school and beyond.  Sparta Area Schools provides educational opportunities to our youngest learners through our Early Childhood Home and Community Program, Three and Four Year Old Preschool and Early Childhood Child Care Services.  Sparta Schools' preschool program provides children with opportunities for play and interaction while emphasizing "doing" and discovery. The emphasis is on providing a family-centered approach to educating young children. Children are assisted in developing motor skills, making friends, learning to express feelings and ideas and to do some counting and measuring of real things. Great Start Readiness Preschool classrooms are a part of our early childhood program as well.

Support for Students

Most students will need a little help at some point in their schooling. They might struggle with a particular subject, an assignment, or a life challenge for themselves or their family. We work hard to support students so they succeed, including hiring the best staff to assist them.  We offer at our high school, guidance counseling services, connections with community resources, a daily Seminar course for students to get additional academic support from tutors or staff.  In additon, we offer Success Quest support during lunches and after-school for academic and behavioral support, online learning opportunities and summer school for students to earn credits.  At the middle school level, we provide support in Math and a Language Arts Study Skills course option.  All middle school students have the opportunity to seek/receive additional academic support in the Academic Support Center during their seminar class. We also offer our middle school students a Responsible Thinking Center to help them make choices that better support their learning.  At all levels we have social workers, counselors and support staff to assist students.  At our elementary and middle schools, we offer the Kent School Social Network which works with students and families to provide a wide range of support including housing, mental health services and parent supports.  Sparta Area Schools has a strong commitment to serving the whole child and our support services reflect this commitment.

How Sparta is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • Maintained programs and teaching positions
  • Used to fill critical funding gaps
  • Added an eighth AP Course and maintained Concurrent College Courses
  • Training for new technology introduced in the district
  • Maintain staffing of secondary guidance counselors to assist with college and career planning.  

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18

Expected amount - $528,631

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thornapple Kellogg Public Schools

Thornapple Kellogg Public Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

Thornapple Kellogg Schools is located largely in northwestern Barry County and southern Kent County. We are home to the Thornapple River, acres of state land, and numerous inland lakes. The community offers a quiet, rural place to call home with convenient access to the Greater Grand Rapids Metropolitan area. A great place to call home.

District Mission

To encourage and develop the positive potential of each student.

Career Learning

We offer career and technical coursework through the Kent Career Tech Center.

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all of K-12 learning beginning with literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students with a wide range of courses.  We also have after school opportunities.

Support for Students

We work hard to support students so they succeed, including hiring the best staff to assist them.

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a crucial time in children's lives - when they engage in the world around them and learn all the basics they'll use in school and beyond. Our Great Start Readiness Preschool programs help children prepare for school success.

How Thornapple Kellogg is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • Added 5 teacher positions in order to maintain class size
  • Added several para educator positions to support our classrooms
  • Expanded our community enrichment programs with added personnel and programming
  • Added an elementary social worker position
  • Added an assistant principal position to the middle school

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18

Expected amount - $658,721

 

 

 

 

 

Wyoming Public Schools

Wyoming Public Schools

Strong Schools, Strong Communities

A district of approximately 4,300 students, Wyoming Public Schools values character, continuous improvement, collaboration and diversity. We strive to be the first choice for education and the pride of the community we serve.

District Mission

Wyoming Public Schools will empower all students to discover and achieve their potential in an inclusive, inspiring, and innovative culture of learning

Career Learning

We offer career and technical coursework through the Kent Career Tech Center. We also operate a local CTE program with courses including business, accounting, marketing, web design and video production. We offer career coaching to students to help them understand the limitless possibilities and paths available to them after graduation. We also have after school opportunities ranging from academic support to gifted and talented programming and many sports and clubs.

Academics and Beyond

Strong academics are the basis for all of K-12 learning beginning with literacy, mathematics, science and social studies. In addition to these areas, we engage students with a wide range of courses including a middle college program that allows students to leave high school with an associate's degree for free. We also have after school opportunities ranging from academic support to gifted and talented programming and many sports and clubs.

Support for Students

We work hard to support students so they succeed, including hiring the best staff to assist them. In addition, we staff professionals with expertise in social work, counseling and dispute resolution. We focus not only on academics, but a student's overall well-being.

Early Childhood

Early childhood is a crucial time in children's lives - when they engage in the world around them and learn all the basics they'll use in school and beyond. Our Great Start Readiness Preschool programs help children prepare for school success.

How Wyoming is using the funds generated from the enhancement millage:

  • Additional support for programs such as robotics and drama
  • Student literacy initiatives
  • Student technology equipment and classroom integration
  • Communication efforts and community outreach

Enhancement millage dollars received in 2017-18

Expected amount - $892,606

Frequently Asked Questions

5 Questions About Strong Schools, Strong Communities 

1.  What is Strong Schools, Strong Communities?

Strong Schools, Strong Communities is a regional enhancement millage that passed on May 2, 2017. 

2.  How are school districts held accountable for this millage?

By law, every penny generated from this millage will be distributed to local school districts to maintain existing programs and improve services offered to students.  All spending goes through an independent financial audit ever year, with spending disclosed on this public website to ensure transparency and accountability. 

3.  Why is this millage necessary?

For years, West Michigan school districts have taken steps to tighten their belts, make cuts, find efficiencies, reduce staff and consolidate services. Despite these efforts, too many school districts and communities continue to struggle to provide the quality education students deserve.

4.  Why did Kent ISD request this millage?

By law, only Kent ISD can ask voters for a regional enhancement millage, and it is the only way to receive additional revenues to meet student needs.  All revenue from this millage is distributed to each local school district on a per pupil basis.   This millage expands career training and technical course offerings to give students real life, on-the-job training and a head start on their careers. It also gives students exposure to the world of work and business with partnerships that prepare them for college and careers. Additionally, the millage gives students living in poverty a good start, and surrounds them with the support needed to keep them in school. 

5.  Why is this millage important?

Strong schools are the key to attracting families and businesses to West Michigan. It’s our responsibility as a community to work together to ensure our students have access to a high-quality education that helps them learn, achieve and be college and career ready. We owe it to our kids and grandkids to give them the same opportunities as we did to achieve, succeed and compete for jobs.