Superintendent's Notes

Superintendent's Notes


Ballot Proposal to Solve Road Funding

Recently, Michigan’s public schools spent several days this month teetering on the edge of a $725 million cut. The cut, proposed by the House of Representatives, would have redirected funds raised through the fuel tax away from schools to road improvement. One of the smallest schools in our county would have seen a funding cut of $432,250 per year, while our largest school would have lost over $2 million each year.

While we all breathed a collective sigh of relief when this proposal did not pass, a new proposal has been put into place where schools could gain approximately $300 million and our roads an additional $1.3 billion. This May 2015 proposal would entail a request to the voters to increase our sales tax from 6 to 7 percent and phase-out sales tax on gasoline. Schools and local units of government would see increased revenues.

There would also be language included in the ballot to revise the Constitution to prohibit Universities from receiving money designated to K-12 programs. If the ballot proposal fails, legislators will have to revisit a legislative solution.

So as we go forward, please:

  • Stay informed of legislative issues,
  • actively advocate and network with parents and key community members on K-12 education and policy,
  • when the opportunity presents itself, please consider engaging with legislators, and please
  • continue to assist us in networking with parents and key community people on these issues.

With your help, we can make a difference for the students of Muskegon County and the State of Michigan.

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Dr. John Severson
Muskegon Area ISD Superintendent



Michigan Senate:

34th District, Goeff Hansen
Phone: 517-373-1635
Toll-free: 1-866-305-2134

Michigan House of Representatives:

91st District - Holly Hughes
Phone: 231-766-8094

92nd District - Marcia Hovey-Wright
Phone: 517-373-2646