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North East Schools and the Affect of the Warm, Safe, and Dry Schools for Kids

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As the vote for the Warm, Safe and Dry Schools millage approaches, it is time to put emphasis on what is most important for the kids.
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Yes, its'a about warm, safe, and dry schools for kids!

...But it's so much more than that.

Vote November 8th

The future of our students, schools and the district as a whole is not just an education issue or a city issue. It is about economic development. As we look into how each individual school is in need of some tender loving care, each area of our district deserves some special attention.

The Warm, Safe, and Dry Schools millage is an investment in a Five Year Strategic Plan developed by more than 1,000 parents and community leaders to improve student achievement, increase graduation rates, and position GRPS for future growth and success. One of the ten Goal Areas in the plan is infrastructure. Research proves that the warm, safe, healthy and dry schools have a direct impact on teaching and learning.

The Northeast portion of GRPS contains 20 different locations, all with specific needs. To name just a few of the dollar amount annual savings that would result from the millage:

  • Aberdeen Elementary could save $4,400/year to replace its two boilers
  • C.A. Frost could save $5,900/year to convert rooms to water heat and add fan coil units
  • Hillcrest School could save $3,000/year to upgrade EMS Controls & HVAC Equipment
  • Creston High School could save $1,500/year to upgrade EMS Controls & HVAC Equipment

The dollar amount in damages and materials needed to repair these damages is in the millions, for the Northeast side and the entire district. 

If approved, the average cost per homeowner is a mere $1.04 a week.

The Warm, Safe and Dry Schools millage would create a short-term, dedicated stream of funding for school improvement projects. For the 20 locations in the Northeast area, the need for this millage is obvious, and the vote is necessary.


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