Our community will decide the future of our schools. It is our responsibility as a community to make decisions that are good for our entire community. It’s important that community members have all the information they need to make an informed decision.

Community Support
Following the 2015 referendum, community members made it clear that they need more information to make a decision about the best plan for the future of schools for our district's youngest learners. The EFT grew out of that feedback.
The work by the EFT represents over 2,000 hours of work by community members. 
Business Community Support 
A survey of members by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce found a slight majority were in favor of the 2015 referendum and many comments indicating that quality education should be a priority for the community, but that more information was needed.

The Chamber Board formed an Educational Facilities Task Force. This task force concluded:
  • This is a complex issue. To move forward will require a new level of conversations about the education facility needs of the community. 
  • The data sources used by ISD 318 leading up to the referendum process were found to be sound. 
  • The Bigfork and Grand Rapids High Schools and RJEMS are in good shape but there is a need to not only expand, but to significantly repair and update or outright replace the existing elementary school buildings. 
  • Educational needs have changed greatly since decades ago when these schools were built. 
You can find the full letter from the Chamber here