Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce announces support for Lansing School District bond proposal
Monday, March 28, 2016
Posted by: Eric Dimoff
Chamber survey shows overwhelming support for Lansing Pathway Promise among business owners in the City of Lansing
The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) Board of Directors has voted to support the Lansing School District’s $120 million bond proposal scheduled to be on the May 3, 2016 ballot. Known as the Lansing Pathway Promise, the bond includes upgrades to nearly all school facilities, and aligns academic programs that connect students with their passion and pathway for learning while enhancing career and college readiness.
“The Lansing schools have been working on preparing students for success in the 21st century economy while attending class in aging and decaying buildings,” said LRCC board chair Joe Ford. “The students in Lansing are a critical part of our region’s talent pipeline of tomorrow and the Lansing Pathway Promise represents an innovative vision for the future of our students.”
LRCC praised the Lansing School District for its thoughtful approach to developing the Lansing Pathway Promise, which was developed as a result of significant research and considerable community input.
“The Lansing Pathway Promise is a very well thought out and progressive plan,” said LRCC president and chief executive officer Tim Daman. “Taxpayers should be encouraged by the openness of the entire process, and the fact the Bond Committee and Board of Education listened to citizen feedback and did their homework.”
A recent survey of Chamber members that own businesses in the City of Lansing showed overwhelming support for the Lansing Pathway Promise. Eighty-four percent of those surveyed said they consider the proposal important to the future of the Lansing School District. Ninety-three percent of those surveyed said they support the proposal on the May 3rd ballot.
“I found the plans the school district put forward to be thorough, comprehensive and convincing,” said Matt Resch, a LRCC executive board member who lives and owns a business in the City of Lansing. “There is always a leap of faith on large infrastructure spends that academic gains will follow. The same leap comes with this proposal, but it is clear to me the district leadership has gone to great lengths to put a solid plan in place to help make those academic gains a reality.”
While offering support for the Pathway Promise, LRCC officials also encouraged the Lansing School District to continue a focus on sound fiscal management and student achievement.
“It is important for the Lansing School District to build off recent successes in advancing student growth and trust in the community. The financial performance of the District in recent years gives us great confidence they will continue that trend in the years ahead,” said Daman.