Kent ISD Enhancement Millage

Voters in each of the 20 KISD public school districts will be asked to consider an enhancement millage proposal of 0.9 mill for 10 years on May 2, 2017.

If approved, the millage funds will provide additional funds for....Top of Page

  • Continued expansion of the Early Middle College program and access to other college and career opportunities
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Academics and Behavior
  • Professional Development for continued best practices in instruction and student support
  • Enhanced afterschool and summer school learning opportunities
  • Comprehensive Counseling and Mental Health Programs
  • Technology Infrastructure and software enhancements
  • Maintaining or lowering class sizes
  • Improved assessment tools

Additional InformationTop of Page

What is the “Strong Schools, Strong Communities” proposal?Top of Page

The Strong Schools, Strong Communities proposal is a regional enhancement millage that will appear on the May 2, 2017 ballot. 100% of all funds generated by this proposal will go to our local schools to maintain current programs and improve services offered to all our students.

How much will the proposal cost homeowners?Top of Page

The proposed rate of 0.9 mill will cost the average homeowner $6.70 per month.

When will the proposal appear?Top of Page

The Strong Schools, Strong Communities proposal will appear on the May 2, 2017 ballot. It is a 10-year proposal that starts in the summer of 2017.

How will school districts be held accountable for this proposal?Top of Page

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

Why is this proposal necessary?Top of Page

For years, our district and all 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.

Why is Kent ISD requesting this millage?Top of Page

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 proposal will be distributed to each local school district on a per pupil basis. This proposal will expand career training and technical course offerings to give our students real life, on-the-job training and a head start on their careers. It will also give students exposure to the world of work and partnerships with business that prepare them for college and careers. Additionally, the proposal gives students living in poverty a good start, and surrounds them with the support needed to keep them in school.

How much funding will my school district receive?Top of Page

If approved, every penny generated from this proposal will be distributed equally to local districts on a per pupil basis. The Strong Schools, Strong Communities proposal will generate an estimated $19.9 million for the 20 school districts in our region the first year. Our district will receive about $723,000 in the first year.

What impact will this proposal have on kids in my school district?Top of Page

Cedar Springs would use additional revenue to continue work in MTSS for academics and behavior, provide professional development for continued best practices in instruction and student support, and make software and technology infrastructure enhancements. We would also use funds to support:
  • Continued expansion of the Early Middle College program and access to other college and career opportunities
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Academics and Behavior
  • Professional Development for continued best practices in instruction and student support
  • Enhanced afterschool and summer school learning opportunities
  • Comprehensive Counseling and Mental Health Programs
  • Technology Infrastructure and software enhancements
  • Maintaining or lowering class sizes
  • Improved assessment tools
Plus, this proposal will expand career training and technical course offerings to give students real life, on-the-job training and a head start on their careers. It will also give students exposure to the world of work and partnerships with business that prepare them for college and careers. Additionally, the proposal gives students living in poverty a good start, and surrounds them with the support needed to keep them in school.

Why is this proposal important?Top of Page

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.

How do I get more information on this proposal?Top of Page

Additional information is available on our school website, at www.strongschoolsstrongcommunities.com and you are always welcome to call Superintendent Dr. Laura VanDuyn at 616.696.1204.