Hudsonville Public Schools
3886 Van Buren
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Phone: (616) 669-1740
Fax: (616) 669-4878
Dr. Nicholas Ceglarek
(616) 669-1740 Ext. 1
Dear Hudsonville Community,
With great enthusiasm, I pen this letter to you from Washington, D.C. On November 10, Forest Grove Elementary School was one of only 335 schools in the nation, 13 in Michigan, to be named a National Blue Ribbon School. Of the 335 schools honored, 303, including Forest Grove, earned the prestigious award of Exemplary High Performing School. Jamestown Elementary received this recognition in 2014, giving Hudsonville Public Schools the distinction of having two of Michigan’s most recent 26 Blue Ribbon Schools.
While we celebrate the recognition Forest Grove deserves, this award is reflective of a system approach to excellence. We are fortunate to have seven elementary schools providing a high quality education to all our children, pre-kindergarten through grade 5. This has been acknowledged by the Michigan Department of Education’s most recent Reward School dissemination where ALL Hudsonville elementary schools were labeled REWARD schools (top 5% of schools on the Top-to-Bottom School Rankings or top 5% of schools making the greatest gains in achievement or outperforming the school’s predicted ranking). Very few, if any, school districts our size can celebrate this distinction!
With that said, we want to share an update on our Attendance Area Adjustment committee work. The growth of our district led to the passage of the 2015 bond issue and the purchase of the former Heritage Christian Elementary School building. We are grateful for our Board of Education’s vision and the community’s support of our long-range facilities plan. Over the next few months, the Board will award bids and work will begin transforming our newly purchased school into our eighth elementary.
A committee comprised of parents and staff have been diligently meeting and investigating needed adjustments to our elementary attendance area to address growth and allow for relief in all of our elementary school buildings. At a Special Board Meeting on October 26th, the Board unanimously approved the four main guiding criteria recommended by the committee:
• Future Growth
• Location within the Attendance Area
As the committee moves to provide the Board of Education a recommendation on new elementary attendance areas, other items, such as minimizing student travel time on buses, keeping neighborhoods together, and the possibility of honoring in-district building transfer requests, will be a part of the discussion.
We would like to thank the committee members for their time and our families and staff for their willingness to be open to the process. We are grateful to the community for their support of our soon-to-be eighth high-quality elementary school.
Dr. Nick Ceglarek, Superintendent