February 2012 Northview News
Think back to a time when you made a physical change to your home. Maybe it was something as simple as painting a room. Perhaps you moved furniture to a new location to improve the flow of the room. You may have been involved in a major project like replacing a furnace, remodeling a kitchen, demolishing a room, or building a new addition to the house. Did you share with your family that things would be a little messy while the work was being done? Were there any unanticipated surprises, extra trips to the hardware store, or family members pleading for the work to be over so you could get back to normal life?
The Northview family is beginning a major construction project. This is a very exciting time in Northview for students, parents, community members and staff. Students at our high school have an opportunity that is not available very often. They, as well as our community, will have a real life experience regarding problem solving and creativity, application of mathematical and scientific knowledge, high levels of planning, financial management, and the need for clear written and verbal communication.
Did you notice the little flags that dotted the landscape around Northview High School and West Oakview Elementary? The flags marked the location of the underground utilities. While the flags were small they are the first visible evidence of the start of a $31.6 million construction project approved by voters in November 2011. Here are just a few of the steps that have been taken in the past two months:
Just like your home projects, this construction process will be messy at times and we will be pleading for the work to be over so we can return to the normal routines. However, this brief time of construction inconvenience will result in facilities that improve the Northview Public Schools and the Northview community. The construction process creates jobs and has a positive impact on the economy.
I encourage you to visit our web page, www.nvps.net, for a complete listing of construction timelines and future updates regarding the construction process.
....... and we set the following meetings for members of our community.
Did you vote “no” on Proposal 2? Please take some time to tell us why.
Last November, voters in Northview narrowly defeated Bond Proposal 2 – Quality of Life. The request received 1,712 yes votes and 1,714 no votes in an election that had the largest voter turnout in the history of Northview Public Schools (28% of the registered voters participated). Proposal 1 – Critical for Learning was approved by a 35 vote margin.
Superintendent Mike Paskewicz, has scheduled four meetings to allow residents who voted no on Proposal 2 to meet in small group settings to discuss “why” they voted no on Proposal 2. While it is understood that economic conditions in Michigan coupled with a request for increased taxes may be the primary reasons, there may be additional reasons you wish to share with the school district.
Date and Times: All meetings held at the District Office, 4365 Hunsberger NE
Monday, February 6 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Monday, February 13 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Monday, February 20 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
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