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Q: Voters just approved the Non-Homestead Millage last November. Why is it on the ballot again?
A: When property taxable values grow faster than the cost of living index, it triggers a millage reduction fraction, required by the 1978 Headlee Amendment within the Michigan Constitution of 1963. Allendale Township property values increased significantly in 2017. As a result, the millage reduction fraction brought down the local Non-Homestead millage from the voted 18.00 mills to 16.5661 mills earlier this year. This would result in a $312,000 loss of revenue for the 2017-2018 school year.
In his 16 years at Allendale Public Schools, Dan Jonker has worn many hats. In addition to official positions as Middle School Principal and Superintendent, Dr. Jonker has also directed the district's curriculum program and managed human resources responsibilities such as hiring and negotiations. In fact, during his 40-year career he also served as a middle school teacher, an assistant principal and an athletic director. He saw each of these roles as an opportunity to serve students, staff and school communities.
As Dr. Jonker prepares to retire on June 30, we asked him to reflect on his career and share some of the insight he gained from the various roles he has held in education.
Encourage your child to be an Amazing Reader this summer! Prevent "summer slide" by checking out books from the Amazing Reading Bus. The Amazing Reading Bus will be traveling throughout the Allendale community, beginning the week of June 19 through August 3.
If you think cleaning up after the kids at your house is a big job, imagine cleaning up after 2650 kids after a school day! Just a small custodial crew at each Allendale school is responsible for keeping the buildings clean every day. We think their work speaks for itself -- our buildings always look exceptionally clean and well cared for!
Allendale Middle School's LINKS program enjoyed several opportunities to learn with their peers throughout the school year. LINKS is a peer to peer support program designed to increase opportunities for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to experience general education classes.
The sixth annual Allendale Community Field Day, a free outdoor science event, will offer guests opportunities to put their hands on local West Michigan natural history! To celebrate Things that Happen, guests will learn the glacial origin of West Michigan, identify local rocks, and contribute to a time capsule that will be buried until 2031. A free lunch and prizes will cap off the program.
The Allendale Community Field Day begins at 9 am, Saturday, June 24, on the Allendale Public Schools K-8 Campus, located on Learning Lane, just off Pierce Street in Allendale. This is a free event, welcoming guests from all over West Michigan. The program is designed to provide educational, hands-on learning experiences centered on the geographical history of the local area.
Allendale Middle School's seventh grade class completed a Project-Based Learning assignment focused on sustainability during the month of May. Student groups were required to identify a problem related to the environment and then select a local business, organization or professional to assist them in creating a viable solution for the issue.
Michigan children in low-income communities need to continue receiving healthy meals when school is out for the summer and the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is announcing multiple ways for families to find the nearest locations of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for children across the state.
Attention, Bridge Card holders: Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) will be back at your area’s farmers’ markets starting in June. When you use your Bridge Card at a participating farmers’ market, the Double Up Food Bucks program will match your purchase dollar for dollar with bonus funds – up to $20 – that you can use in the market to buy fresher, Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables.
Stop by the Allendale Township Library to join the 2017 Summer Reading program. With a program for every age, the library will keep you reading and learning all summer long with new books, prizes, activities, and a ton of special programs for every interest (and all for FREE!).