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Warm, Safe and Dry
Warm, Safe and Dry

By Rachel Melville

You may recall the Warm, Safe and Dry campaign from the beginning of September this academic year. Images of decaying boilers and roofs in disrepair gave a visual reminder of the work that needs to be done for the buildings we send our children off to each morning. These building are in need of repair, and the Board of Education for the Grand Rapids Public Schools put the call out to the community to pass a millage for funds necessary to take care of the building issues and keep them “warm, safe, and dry” for our students.

On November 8, 2011, the voters of Grand Rapids agreed to meet the needs of our students by taking care of the infrastructure issues facing targeted schools within the district. The result was a five-year sinking fund that will generate $4 million passed with the first round of funds becoming available after this summer’s tax levy. A sinking fund is a fund established by a government agency or business for the purpose of reducing debt by repaying or purchasing outstanding loans and securities held against the entity. It helps keep the borrower...