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January 2019
 

Dear Orchard View Staff, Students, and Community,

As many of you already know, the Ballot Proposal for the Sinking Fund Millage that appeared on the November 6 ballot originally ended in a tie, with 2195 YES votes and 2195 NO votes. There is no way to break a tie on a proposal vote so the proposal failed based on not having more YES votes than NO votes. A recount of ballots was requested and funded locally (not through the school). During the recount there was an additional YES vote that was discovered, which means that now the Sinking Fund Millage Proposal has passed by one vote (2196 YES to 2195 NO) therefore bringing in nearly $3 million over the next ten years. This election process presented a great learning opportunity for all that every vote counts!

Obviously, I am beyond thrilled with the outcome of the recount. It has been nearly a year since our board decided to ask voters to approve a Sinking Fund, something we have been discussing and working towards since 2015, when a district facility study took place. For those of you that helped our efforts during the last year, I want to thank you so much for your support through the process. The volunteer work and commitment you have taken part in will lead to much needed repairs throughout the district for the next decade. We have already identified the top priorities that will be addressed in the immediate future, and will begin addressing those building repairs as soon as possible. I am excited to start our discussion on the next steps, and will keep the community abreast of those steps along the way

In an effort to best explain what occurred on recount day, the YES vote that was found, which changed the outcome of the election, came from a ballot that was clearly marked YES but had some small markings in the NO box too. It is thought that the machine that scans ballots on election day did not count the ballot because it picked up markings in both boxes, which nullified that vote on the Sinking Fund Ballot Proposal only. While counting the ballots, the ballot in question was  brought to our attention by a clerk working the election which gave us an option to "challenge" the ballot. Challenging the ballot meant it would be decided by the Board of Canvassers, who were seated in another area of the room, as to whether it was a YES or NO vote. The Board of Canvassers, after examining the ballot, determined that the voter clearly intended to vote YES.

The rarity of this type of recount and outcome change has drawn the attention of many, both locally and across the state. I have heard from many educators from around the state, as well as hundreds of community members congratulating our district. We look forward to putting this additional revenue to good use, repairing some of our aging buildings, just as quickly as possible.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,

J Nielsen sig

Jim Nielsen, Superintendent

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Upcoming District Events

  • 14 Jan
    • Committee of the Whole Work Session
      Date: Jan 14
      Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Location: OVHS Community Room
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    • Board Organizational Meeting
      Date: Jan 14
      Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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    • Regular Board Meeting 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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      Date: Jan 21
      Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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    • Committee of the Whole Meeting
      Date: Feb 11
      Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Location: OVHS Community Room
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    • Regular Board Meeting 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Regular Board Meeting
      Date: Feb 19
      Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
      Location: OVHS Community Room
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      Date: Mar 18
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      Date: Apr 15
      Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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Upcoming Driver’s Education Segment 1

Our next Segment 1 Drivers Ed session is from March 4 – March 28, 2019. The signup deadline is Tuesday, February 26th.  

This session is a 4 week class that runs from 3:30-5:30pm on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday.  Drive times will be scheduled also.  The class is held at Orchard View Community Education on 1765 Ada Avenue.  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 (1765 Ada Ave) to pick up a registration form, or print out the application on the link below. The form is also on our website  (orchardview.org) and in the OV High School office.  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. 

PDF Document2018-2019 Driver's Education Application/Contract

 

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BEGINNING WITH THE CLASS OF 2017

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.