Hudsonville Public Schools
3886 Van Buren
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Phone: (616) 669-1740
Fax: (616) 669-4878
Dr. Douglas VanderJagt
(616) 669-1740 Ext. 1
It appears mother nature wants to wait a bit for our typical Michigan snowfall. With limited snow on the ground, the days for skiing, sledding, and making snowmen have been sparse. However, we still could see our fair share of snow in the next few weeks, so don’t put those snow pants away just yet. During these winter months, we continue to plan for the future and celebrate all that Hudsonville has to offer. Over the next several weeks we will be seeking feedback from our community, reminding you to vote in May on the annual non-homestead millage, and expressing a heartfelt thank you to our Board of Education for their dedication to our school community.
First, over the next few months, we will be seeking input as we explore the growth of the district and how our facilities can maintain the population of students entering our buildings. During the month of January, we have established focus groups to help explore ideas on where development is needed to support the future of Hudsonville. These groups will represent various members in the Hudsonville community, including parents of students attending Hudsonville Public Schools, senior citizens, booster members and business representatives. Focus groups are established to ensure an understanding of the various needs of our district in 2019 and beyond. We will use the information from the focus groups to generate a survey that will be administered to our entire school community. This survey will include a multitude of subjects ranging from thoughts on building size, program opportunities and financial responsibilities. In February, this community survey will be available on our website and we ask for your feedback to help drive the future planning of Hudsonville Public Schools. The results of this survey will be the key component to providing the Board of Education information to determine the best course of action to address our growing district.
Also of great importance is an upcoming vote this spring. On May 7, Hudsonville School 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 $4.4 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 that day.
Finally, School Board members tackle a difficult job and shoulder enormous responsibilities. These men and women are elected to establish the policies that provide the framework for Hudsonville Public Schools. They provide vision and leadership in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand up for public education. The countless hours they give to the students of Hudsonville is greatly appreciated. From subcommittee work to regular Board meetings, their dedication to our district and community speaks volumes about the character and passion they have for the youth of our community. If you happen to connect with a Board member (http://www.hudsonvillepublicschools.org/boe/), please express to them the gratitude we all have for their commitment to Hudsonville Public Schools.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and have had a great start to 2019. Thank you for making Hudsonville an amazing place to live and grow.
Doug VanderJagt, Ph.D., Superintendent