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Hudsonville Public Schools community meetings

From: http://www.hudsonville.k12.mi.us

Over the past several years the number of students attending Hudsonville Public Schools has grown significantly.  During the past eighteen months we have been exploring options to address this growth.  Following a lengthy process of study and community input, the Board of Education unanimously approved a bond proposal to bring to the voters.  While this request does not raise the millage rate, it is a comprehensive approach to addressing the needs of our growing K-12 student population.

Please join us for a community gathering to review this proposal that will go before the voters on May 3, 2011.

Location:  Hudsonville High School Auditorium (5037 32nd Avenue)
Dates:  Tuesday, March 29 and Tuesday, April 19
Time:  7:00 p.m.

Haveman plans in-district meetings to listen to residents

Hudsonville, Mich. - State Rep. Joe Haveman, R-Holland, has set up in-district office hours to meet with residents and listen to their ideas and suggestions regarding state and local issues.

"Listening to the people in my community and hearing what solutions they may have for some of the issues we are facing in Michigan is one of the vital parts of my job as a lawmaker," said Haveman. "I always look forward to meeting with residents, and I hope that plenty of folks are able to join me for these office hours."

Haveman will be available to talk with residents on Friday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. He will be at the Blendon Township Hall, located at 7161 72nd Ave. in Hudsonville.

Next month Haveman will host in-district office hours on Monday, April 11 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. These will take place at the Mr. Burger restaurant located at 5835 Balsam Drive in Hudsonville. No appointment is necessary for either time or location.

Vote for Jenison bond proposal this Tuesday

Vote for Jenison bond proposal this Tuesday

JENISON, Mich. - This Tuesday, February 22, Jenison residents will have the opportunity to vote on the 2011 bond proposal.

The proposal will raise $32 million to fund 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.

Taxes would increase by 1.96 mills if the bond proposal is approved.

Visit http://www.jpsonline.org for additional information.

Hudsonville Public Schools Bond Election

Hudsonville Public Schools Bond Election

From: http://www.hudsonville.k12.mi.us

We are so fortunate to be in a school community which is growing.  Over the past 5 years,  Hudsonville Public Schools has grown by 590 students.  This trend is not new to Hudsonville as  our enrollment has almost tripled over the last 25 years.  In an effort to address the need for  additional classroom space, our Board of Education unanimously approved to go before voters  with a bond request.  The proposal to be voted on May 3 calls for:

  • New 9+ Building on the existing High School site
  • New South Elementary located on Greenly Street
  • New competition pool and Fine Arts Center
  • New Transportation Facility
  • Reconfiguring the Freshman Campus to an Early Childhood Center
  • Technology upgrades to all school buildings
  • Athletic upgrades at Baldwin, Riley and High School<

Jenison Public Schools Board of Education election information

From: http://www.jpsonline.org

Two incumbents are running for re-election on May 3, 2011.

William Waalkes—Running for a 4-Year Term

Mr. Waalkes has served on the Board of Education since 1999. During his tenure, he has held the office of President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Trustee. He received his bachelor’s degree from Davenport University. Mr. Waalkes has been a  Jenison resident since 1956 and graduated from Jenison High School in 1971. He is currently working in the Human Resources Department at Steelcase.  Mr. Waalkes enjoys volunteering in many different capacities throughout the school district.

Geoff Brown—Running for a 4-Year Term

Geoff Brown was appointed in 2009 to fill a vacancy on the Board of Education and was subsequently re-elected last year to complete the term to which he was appointed.  Mr.

Agema honored by small business


Rep. Dave Agema today has been named a "Guardian of Small Business" by the National Federation of Independent Business for his 100-percent voting record this session on issues important to small businesses.

"Michigan families need jobs and I keep that in mind with every vote I take in the state House," said Agema, R-Grandville. "Too often government gets in the way of job growth, and that is unacceptable. It is an honor to be recognized by small businesses, and I will continue fighting in Lansing to protect our tax dollars and our state job creators."

Agema voted in favor of small businesses on a range of issues from tax and budget to regulatory and labor legislation.

"We are honored and delighted to recognize Rep. Agema," said NFIB State Director Charlie Owens. "Clearly he understands the important role that small business plays in providing jobs and economic development in his community."