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It’s thumbs down for TR millage request

Calling the timing of Tuesday’s request “very, very poor,” Three Rivers Community Schools’ Board of Education President Mike Bosma said it came as no surprise to him that the district’s request Tuesday for approval of a 1.95 mill sinking-fund request was defeated. Tuesday’s vote came less than a week after the board agreed to not renew the contracts of three administrators: middle school principal Brad Coon, middle school dean of educational services Kevin Hamilton and athletic director Pete Anderson.

Bosma, one of two board members to vote last week against not renewing Anderson’s contract, said there’s no question last week’s board action – acting on recommendations from Superintendent Jean Logan – influenced Tuesday’s vote.

The vote was 70 percent opposed to and 30 percent in in favor of the millage-increase request.

If approved, the proposal would have generated more than $1.2 million annually over the eight-year life of the proposed mill. The request was proposed to address three specific areas: building and site improvements, safety and security, and technology infrastructure.

Bosma said there will be no shortage of conversation when the board assembles at its next meeting.

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