Ionia Public Schools

Ionia school board OKs $2 million for new tennis courts, parking lot renovations

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In preparation for next fall, the Ionia Public Schools Board of Education approved three projects on Monday: new tennis courts and two fresh parking lots.

Board members voted unanimously, with Trustee Roger Hull absent, to allocate $2,220,101 from the district’s sinking fund and capital projects fund for the projects.

Ionia Public Schools to buy new buses, nearly 600 Chromebooks

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From riding on new school buses to completing coursework on new Chromebooks, students at Ionia Public Schools will have a number of new resources to utilize in the upcoming school year.

The Ionia Public Schools Board of Education voted unanimously on Monday to purchase two new buses for $212,680

Voters narrowly say ‘no’ to restoring Ionia Public Schools operating millage

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Voters in the Ionia Public Schools district on Tuesday narrowly defeated a proposal to restore the non-homestead operating millage from 17.5048 mills to its original 18 mills to support schools.

The unofficial tally of “no” votes was 1,051, or 51.85%, while “yes” votes numbered 976, or 48.15%.

JUST IN: Voters narrowly turn down Ionia Public Schools millage

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Voters narrowly turned down an Ionia Public Schools proposal today to restore the district’s non-homestead operating millage to its original 18 mills and return the district to full per-pupil funding.

The final vote tally was 1,051 “no” votes to 976 “yes” votes — a difference of nearly 52% to 48%.

PUBLIC FORUM: Non-homestead operating millage key for Ionia schools

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On May 3, voters will be asked to restore the Ionia Public Schools’ non-homestead operating millage to its original 18 mills. Voting “yes” will ensure we are no longer in the bottom 7% of per-pupil funding in the state. 

Voters asked to restore non-homestead operating millage for Ionia Public Schools

On May 3, voters in the Ionia Public Schools district will be asked to vote “yes” to restore the non-homestead operating millage to its original 18 mills — and return the district to full per-pupil funding.

It’s the voters’ opportunity to help to build a strong future for the Ionia area, which includes healthy schools, said Board of Education President Danielle Yokom.

Ionia Board of Ed commends 3 outstanding students

The Ionia Public Schools Board of Education members recognized three students for recent outstanding accomplishments with framed certificates at Monday’s meeting.

Superintendent Ben Gurk said the school board commended Ionia High School student athlete and Boy Scout Riley Husted, who recently received his Eagle Scout badge and will have his Eagle Scout Court of Honor next week. Riley’s project was helping to create and implement the high school’s Bull Dog Wall of Honor to recognize Ionia High School military veterans, for which he raised money and volunteered “countless hours,” Gurk said.

Ionia Board of Ed approves English course for seniors

A new English language arts course for Ionia High School seniors intended to simplify and streamline the 12th-grade curriculum while still providing students and teachers “innovative flexibility within the curriculum” was approved by the Ionia Public Schools Board of Education on Monday.

All school board members were present except for Trustee Roger Hull who has now been absent from 11 of the last 13 school board meetings.

Showcasing Ionia

Community Awards and Ice Cream Social return to honor, thank the community

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, Ionia Public Schools highlighted student and staff achievements and thanked outstanding community volunteers at the IPS 35th annual Community Awards and Ice Cream Social Wednesday night at Ionia High School.

Still time to weigh in on Ionia strategic plan, get involved

As Ionia Public Schools prepares to update its map to the future, community members still have time to participate in a survey to provide input into the plan.

The current strategic plan was created in 2017 with the assistance of consultant Gary Rider. When that plan was created, the district was “in a much different place, with different challenges and opportunities,” Superintendent Ben Gurk said.