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GRPS to launch $15M campaign, won't ask for expiring millage renewal

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Grand Rapids Public Schools officials say the district will launch a $15 million dollar fundraising campaign, and say they will not seek to renew an expiring tax millage. 

The campaign, in collaboration with the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation, was unveiled at the annual Grand Rapids Public Schools’ ‘State of Our Schools’ address on Tuesday.

It’ll seek public and private donations and partnerships to fund capital improvements at the district’s Museum School and Coit Creative Arts Academy.

The news came alongside the district’s decision to not seek renewal of a current ‘warm safe and dry’ 1-mill tax levy set to expire this year.

GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal says that’ll save taxpayers an average of $60 annually.

She adds proceeds from last year’s voter-approved $175 million GRPS bond proposal means the district doesn’t expect to revisit the millage for at least five years.

Hilary is a General Assignment and Enterprise reporter for WGVU Public Media. She joined WGVU in September 2014 after several years of experience as a local news reporter, anchor and photojournalist in Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. She's also worked as a financial and business reporter and audio field producer.
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