Muskegon Public Schools’ new superintendent will update public on potential bond proposal this Wednesday, Sept. 11

The Muskegon Public Schools’ Hackley Administration Building in downtown Muskegon.

Muskegon Public Schools’ new superintendent, Matthew Cortez, will host two meetings to update the public on the district’s potential bond proposal, with the first gathering scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6pm inside the Nelson Elementary School cafeteria.

The second meeting will be held at the same time and place on Monday, Sept. 23. The same information will be presented at both meetings.

Muskegon Public Schools Superintendent Matthew Cortez

“We are inviting as many people as possible to come and see how the input gathered in March and May of this year has reshaped the scope of our work,” Cortez, who began his work as superintendent in August, said in a press release. “I am eager to listen to those who care deeply about the exciting future of the important places where our children learn, grow, and play.”

Earlier this year, former Superintendent Justin Jennings presented plans for a $77 million schools bond proposal. After he left his position in early June, school board members said the incoming superintendent would refine that plan. The potential bond—which would replace the current 30-year bond that expires in 2021 and would not increase taxes—would be needed to attract and retain students and address deteriorating infrastructure in aging buildings, Jennings said before his departure. The public would potentially vote on the bond in May 2020.

According to a press release from the school district, Cortez will share an overview of the work done so far with the bond and provide an update on its current status. The architect and others will be on hand to answer questions and gather feedback from attendees. Free food will be provided, as will childcare to those who register in advance at  www.muskegonpublicschools.org.

“Our Big Red parents want their children to have the brightest future possible,” Cortez said. “The work we do now will impact their lives and the lives of our surrounding community. It’s important for us to gather together and plan for tomorrow.”

Those who have questions may call the superintendent’s office at 231-720-2000.

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