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November 6 Ballot

November 6 Ballot

A community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at Cityside Middle School, 320 E. Main Street, Zeeland. The community is invited to meet with Superintendent Calvin De Kuiper to learn more about the enhancement millage. Anyone not able to attend is welcome to contact the Superintendent’s office with questions at 616.748.3002.

Following the legislation of Proposal A in 1994, concerns existed that, over time, the new funding plan could fall short of revenue needs in certain communities. To compensate for the potential need for additional revenues, Proposal A included a provision that ultimately allows Intermediate School Districts, or ISDs, to levy millage funding to be distributed 100 percent on a per-pupil basis to every constituent K-12 school district and public school academy within that ISD.

More recently, two studies have been conducted on pupil funding. In June 2016, the State of Michigan Legislature sponsored The Michigan Education Finance Study with a recommended base funding of $8,667 per pupil.  In January 2018, the School Finance Research Collaborative recommended that every district receive base funding of $9,590 per pupil. Both studies are well above what most districts, including Zeeland, currently receive in state funding.

Known as a regional enhancement millage, the proposal allows local communities within an ISD area to financially partner in an education tax to be distributed to public and charter schools on an equal per-pupil basis. Under management of the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, the proposal request is 0.9 mills for 10 years and would generate approximately $11.2 million in the first year, or $226 per pupil. ZPS would receive approximately $1.37 million based on current enrollment projections of 6,100 students.

“Zeeland Public Schools has four needs that are concerning to our future: maintain current academic programming and class size at all grade levels, improve mental health services district-wide with additional staff, continue our district-wide 1:1 student device technology plan, and provide upgrades to safety & security, including busing,” Calvin De Kuiper said. “A regional enhancement millage could benefit each of these concern areas.”

Voters will decide on the proposal on the November 6 ballot.  Those seeking additional information are encouraged to contact Calvin De Kuiper at 748.3002.

Graduation 2018

Graduation 2018

    ZEHS & ZWHS graduation photos will be posted by June 5. Videos of the ceremony are now available: View the ZEHS graduation video View the ZWHS graduation video Photo Gallery of Graduates: ZEHS Photo Gallery of ZEHS Graduation: Photo Gallery of Graduates ZWHS: This gallery is in progress. More photos coming soon! Photo… Continue Reading

Back to School 2017

Back to School 2017

Zeeland Public Schools welcomes back students Tuesday, September 5. ZQuest students begin August 7. As details become available, we will add them here. Additionally, please check your school building’s website for additional information and school supply lists. Kindergarten Orientation: Monday, August 28 for Quincy, Roosevelt and New Groningen. Tuesday, August 29 for Adams, Lincoln and… Continue Reading

Graduation 2017

*Please scroll down for photos and video link for ZWHS.   Video of ZEHS Graduation (compliments of ZHS Video) Pictures from ZEHS Graduation:     Video of ZWHS Graduation (compliments of ZHS Video) Pictures from ZWHS Graduation: Continue Reading

Zeeland Education Foundation Grants Awarded

Zeeland Education Foundation Grants Awarded

The Zeeland Education Foundation is pleased to announce that 32 grants totaling $40,592.00 have been awarded to Zeeland Public School staff. These grants will enhance the curriculum and give students extraordinary learning opportunities, impacting all students from preschool to 12th grade. It is an exciting time for the Zeeland Education Foundation, the Academic Boosters, to… Continue Reading

Vote May 2

Vote May 2

Zeeland Public Schools will be on the ballot May 2 with a proposal to renew the 18-mill non-homestead property tax for one year.  Last November, voters approved the Headlee Restoration for the 2016 and 2017 tax years, bringing ZPS to the guaranteed state minimum. If approved, this vote will renew the levy for 2018 and… Continue Reading