As part of the Nov. 2, 2021 election, voters in Grand Rapids, Mich., approved an $11.3 million bond for Kelloggsville Public Schools. The bond will be used to build a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) building for high school students and a new media center for elementary students.

The school bond, which will not increase taxes, passed with 634 yes votes and 524 no votes, according to Nov. 2 unofficial election results from the Kent County Clerk’s Office. Instead of increasing taxes, Kelloggsville Public Schools said would continue with an existing debt levy.

In a press release, Kelloggsville Public Schools said the bond would fund:

  • A new media center equipped with current technology to meet the needs of elementary students at Southeast Elementary;
  • Space specifically designated for the STEM building with current and up to date equipment and technology;
  • Both spaces would expand opportunities for students to explore technology through an updated media center, S.T.E.M. building, and participate in a robotics program; and
  • Technology upgrades throughout the district to enhance instruction.

“We want to thank our community for approving the funding for the STEM building and media center,” Eric Alcorn, director of human resources at Kelloggsville Public Schools said. “Once completed, both areas will provide space and opportunity for our students to explore their interests and enhance their learning experience. We cannot thank our community enough for their support.”

“Media centers today need to be adaptable, personal, and hands-on with a focus on project-based learning. We want to be able to help build on every student’s ability to use technology,” Alcorn continued.

Alcorn added the district will begin the design stage very soon, and that the entire project will take approximately two years to complete.

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