Hudsonville Public SchoolsDr. Doug VanderJagt
3886 Van Buren
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Phone: (616) 669-1740
Fax: (616) 669-4878

Dr. Douglas VanderJagt
(616) 669-1740

Dear Community:

I was hoping to send out a communication about how nice the warmer weather is, but it appears we are still a few weeks away from spring. This has been a challenging winter, and we appreciate your understanding as we work through cancellations, delays and potentially adjusting the school calendar.

We are still learning more from the state legislators in regards how many snow days we need to make up. At this point, we are discussing having to make up one (1) school day in June, specifically June 10 (this will not affect the start time of the middle school East Coast Trip). If you have summer plans, I apologize for the inconvenience this will cause. If you have not made plans, we ask that you understand that we may have to extend the school year. As soon as we hear more from our legislators, we will be sure to relay such information.

Thank you to those who completed our Bond Survey a few weeks ago. With over 1700 responses, we have great picture on how our community perceives the growth in Hudsonville can best be addressed. The Board of Education will be reviewing data and working through plans in the next few months as we plan for future growth. We know that any plan for expansion will take several years to complete, but we are excited to be talking about our growing district.

We have a very important issue on the ballot this spring. On May 7, Hudsonville Schools parents and community members will have the chance to vote on our annual Non-Homestead Millage renewal. This is an annual renewal request that voters have approved for the past 24 years and would generate approximately $4.8 million dollars of operating revenue for our school district. Please note, this is not a tax on primary residences and is not a new tax. Please get out and vote on May 7!

Several conversation have begun about next school year. Parents are beginning to enroll their children in kindergarten and 8th graders are finalizing the course requests to begin their high school careers. Hard to believe, but next year’s senior class will be the class of 2020. Where does time go? Even though there is snow on the ground, we are already excited for our next school year. Most of our school calendar will look the same, but we will be starting school on Monday, August 26 (one day earlier than last year). When the complete calendar is finalized, it can be found on our website.

This is certainly an exciting time for our district and our community. We have amazing students doing impressive things in the classroom and performing in our co-curricular  opportunities. We have had one of the most successful winter seasons, with impressive results by our Robotics teams, theatre productions, and our athletic teams. We know that our community support at our events is imperative, and we thank you for your continued attendance.

Thank you for making Hudsonville such a special place!

Doug VanderJagt, Ph.D.