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The Board of Education Orchard View Schools is proud to announce the successful sale of its 2017 Refunding Bonds in the amount of $6,375,000. The 2017 Refunding Bonds are being issued for the purpose of refunding a portion of the School District’s outstanding 2007 Refunding Bonds and paying the costs of issuing the Bonds. The 2017 Refunding Bonds reduce the School District interest expense approximately $699,131 for the taxpayers and will occur through lower debt payments over the next 14 years. Additionally, it is estimated that the refunding will reduce the School District's dependence on the Michigan School Loan Revolving Fund in the future and avoid approximately $392,000 of additional interest expense.

In preparing to sell the 2017 Refunding Bonds, the School District, working with their financial advisor, PFM Financial Advisors LLC, requested that S&P Global Ratings, acting through Standard and Poor's Financial Services LLC ("S&P") evaluate the School District's credit quality. S&P assigned the School District’s underlying rating of "A-" with a stable outlook. The rating agency cited the School District's participation in the area economy and ability to maintain reserves at a good level in their rationale for rating the School District at this level.

The Orchard View Schools Board of Education will provide the taxpayers of the district a total savings of approximately $4.5 million by refunding bonds at a lower interest rate and interest cost avoidance from borrowing from the Michigan School Loan Revolving Fund. These savings are a result of this particular bond refund along with three others that took place in 2015 and 2016. The savings from these recent refunds have exceeded the expectations of the district. 

The School District's financing was conducted by the Michigan investment banking office of the brokerage firm, Stifel, the financial advising firm, PFM Financial Advisors LLC and the law firm serving as bond counsel, Thrun Law Firm, P.C. The School District's 2017 Refunding Bonds were sold at a true interest rate of 3.11% with a final maturity of 2030 (a repayment term of approximately 14 years).

Jeffrey Zylstra, Managing Director with Stifel states, "Orchard View Schools Bonds were well received by the bond market. We saw good demand and were able to take advantage of current low interest rates that resulted in a very nice savings for the District and its taxpayers.”

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The Muskegon Area Promise is a commitment to the young people of our community--that if they work hard they will be able to earn at least a two-year college degree tuition free.  Read Superintendent Jim Nielsen's letter to parents to learn more about this awesome opportunity!!   PDF DocumentPromise letter to Parents.

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Upcoming Driver’s Education

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Attention parents of students
interested in taking
Drivers Ed through

Orchard View Community Education

car graphicOur next Segment 1 Drivers Ed session is from March 6th-March 30th. This is a 4 week class that runs from 3:30-5:30pm on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday.  Drive times will be scheduled also. You must be 14 years 8 months by the first class session.  Cost is $350. 

If you are interested, stop by our OV Community Ed office or OV High School to pick up a registration form. The form is on our website also.  The form, birth certificate and payment must be returned to the OV Community Ed office on 1765 Ada Avenue.  If you have any questions, please call 760-1350.  Application deadline for this session is March 1st.

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Inclement Weather and Closing School - Letter from our Superintendent

Winter 2016/2017:  Click here to view or print the letter regarding inclement weather from Jim Nielsen, Superintendent of Orchard View Schools.

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Orchard View Wall of Honor

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Extra Edition - Fall 2016 !

Welcome Back to School with lots of exciting changes and opportunities! See the new calendar for the year, meet new staff, get the bus schedule, and mark the dates for athletic events. Lots of great info to get the year up and running! More...

Show your Cardinal Pride!

Shop for beautiful items bearing the Orchard View logo! More...

Muskegon Area Promise Scholarship!

Let's be a part of the change for our children! Contribute to the Muskegon Area Promise Scholarship for FREE college in the Muskegon Area. More...

Read early. Read often.

Read Early. Read Often. is a countywide effort to urge parents, siblings, grand parents and community members to read to infants and toddlers. More...

T-shirts and Bumper Stickers

Purchase T-Shirts and Bumper Stickers featuring the new OV "lOVe" Logo! More...

MDCH Press Release - Enterovirus

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is receiving reports indicating an increase in severe respiratory illness in children ages 5-17 across the state... More...

It's Flu Season Again!

Here are some great tips and guidelines for parents to help your families stay healthy this season. More...

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Click on the image above to view a pdf of the Orchard View FOIA Procedures and Guidelines.



Anti-Harrassment Compliance Officers

Jim Nielsen, Superintendent
35 S. Sheridan
Muskegon, MI  49442

Kim Bidwell, Director of Business & Personnel
35 S. Sheridan
Muskegon, MI  49442

Rhonda Galarneau, Human Resource Coordinator
35 S. Sheridan
Muskegon, MI  49442

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