Grand Rapids schools aim for November bond vote

Posted at 8:28 PM, Feb 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-23 20:32:33-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to move forward with planning for a Nov. 5 school bond referendum.

The vote would provide funding for three areas — construction, safety, and technology.

During a work session earlier in the day, Superintendent Theresa Weatherall Neal shared information with board members concerning what is necessary in the bond proposal.

The formal ballot language and bond request will be formulated this summer.

While a final number has not yet been finalized, the bond proposal is expected to be around $175 million. If approved, that amount would cost the average Grand Rapids homeowner approximately an additional $8 per month.