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Big win for Cedar Springs Public Schools, as bond proposal barely passes

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Cedar Spring Public School officials are breathing a sigh of relief Wednesday, as a bond proposal passed in Tuesday’s primary by a razor thin margin. According to the Kent County Clerk’s office, the bond proposal passed by just 20 votes; 2,369 in favor, and 2,349 opposed. An extremely gratifying win for the district, considering that Cedar Spring residents had just rejected a similar proposal back in November.

Cedar Springs Public Schools Superintendent Scott Smith has a message to those who voted ‘yes.’

“Thank you,” Smith said. “Thank you for trusting us with your resources, more importantly, thank you for investing in the district, so that we can continue to build into the student’s experience, to help them be everything they can be in the future.” 

Voters approved the 30-year, $68 million bond proposal that officials say, is desperately needed to upgrade aging buildings, enhance security, pay for technological upgrades and install energy-efficient heating and cooling systems throughout the district. 

It is a big win for Superintendent Smith as well. The Cedar Springs School Board hired Smith two years ago after forcing the previous Superintendent out. One week ago, the school board gave Smith a “highly effective” rating, the highest mark a Superintendent can receive. 

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