Upcoming Bond 2021

Dear South Haven Parents and Guardians,

At South Haven Public Schools, we are committed to providing our students with innovative learning opportunities that engage, ignite, and challenge them. Despite the unique circumstances of the past few months, our eyes have not wavered from our all encompassing vision as we look to the future.

The Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to ask voters to consider a proposal on the May 4, 2021 election ballot. If the bond proposal is approved by voters, a debt tax rate decrease is expected for South Haven Public Schools property owners. The debt tax rate is expected to decrease by 0.30 mills from the prior year’s levy, while providing $34,850,000 for improvements across the District.

This bond proposal would allow the District to make significant enhancements to health and safety, core infrastructure, educational programming, and energy management. Proposed facility projects would include improving ventilation and air purification systems, upgrading classroom door hardware, upgrading aging building systems that have exceeded their expected lifecycles such as boilers, electrical systems, and roofing. Educational programming improvements would include upgrading instructional technology resources for students, sensory spaces at the elementary buildings, and improvements to District aging athletic facilities. A full list of proposed projects will be available on the District website. 

The previous bond proposal focused on the high school facility as it was one of the oldest buildings in the district and had the most significant needs. While the District was able to make minor improvements to other buildings, including secure entrances and basic infrastructure, the elementary and middle school buildings and athletic facilities still have significant needs.

This bond proposal planning started in the summer of 2019 with a detailed facility assessment to identify core infrastructure needs, coupled with an internal list developed by district and operations staff. District directors, building principals, staff, the Board Finance and Facilities Committee, and the Superintendent Advisory Committee were engaged during a series of meetings and staff consultations to help provide input, review, and prioritize the scope of the bond proposal.

Additional information is available on the district website to inform and educate our community about this election. Please visit www.shps.org or call our administration office at (269) 637-0578.

It is the continued vision of South Haven Public Schools to be the district of choice, where all students graduate with outstanding academic skills and exemplary character. We are committed to being a vital part of community success and growth. 


Kevin Schooley