As stated in item #11 in the Contract with Georgetown Township of 2016 at http://www.georgetownexaminer.com/contract-with-georgetown-township-of-2016/ , “neither the Township nor JPS should spend taxpayer money advocating a certain position on a bond proposal, tax millage proposal, etc. being considered by taxpaying voters. The Township and JPS can and should present information to the public relevant to proposals, but they should not cross the line into advocacy for a certain position. That is not fair to taxpayers. However, Board members and all government employees should be allowed to express their own positions publicly, and they should be allowed on their own dime to advocate for the position they think best. There should be no gagging of expressed opinion or advocacy.”
Currently on the Jenison Public Schools website at http://www.jpsonline.org/ there appears to be an expensively produced video advocating for a certain position on a topic to be decided by taxpayers on the May 3, 2016 Bond Proposal election. This video was most likely paid for by taxpayer dollars, since it appears on the official JPS website. It was produced by professional firm DropDrop Studios, as can be seen at http://dropdropstudios.com/jenison-public-schools-bond-proposal-video . It is long on seeking to pull emotional heartstrings, but short on actual data needed by taxpayers to make a well informed decision. More importantly, it clearly crosses the line from mere presentation of data to advocacy of a certain position.
My request to the JPS Board is this: take the video down from the official JPS website, and also reimburse taxpayers for the cost incurred to make this advocacy ad (if you have not done so already). Please do it on your own dime, and then I will have no problems with it.