Dear Almont Raider Community,

Let me begin with a heartfelt thank you for your continued support of Almont Community Schools.

Our students perform at some of the highest levels across the state and one of the reasons is because of the strong partnership that Almont Community Schools has with the Almont community.

As superintendent, I see firsthand how our community’s partnership impacts the students, teachers, and staff in our district.

Healthy partnerships and healthy relationships have good communication and strong feedback loops. We appreciate feedback from parents and community members.

We want our community to know that we heard you and recognize that many in our community were not comfortable with the previous bond request.

Over the past several months, we have spent time listening to a range of groups, parents, grandparents, civic leaders, former board of education members, students, staff, coaches, music directors, and teachers.

It is not always easy to admit that we missed the mark or to take a step back and revise our request.

At the same time, we appreciated the feedback and we are fully committed to incorporating what we’ve learned in the revised proposal so that we can all meet the needs of our students, not just to prepare this
generation, but to lay the foundation for generations to come.

We know that as schools influence how desirable a neighborhood is and the property values in any community, you appreciate being informed about the district and how we are managing both the educational process and the facilities.

As a learning institution, we took your words to heart and are committed to being good stewards of taxpayer dollars. We have worked to reshape the proposal to be more in line with the areas the community identified as critical needs.

We look forward to sharing the details with you in the near future. Our first community forum will be held on Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Almont High School Auditorium. We are scheduling additional forums in the coming weeks.

As we revised our bond proposal, we were focused on: Integrating recent feedback into our bond proposal to best address our educational and community needs; ensuring the safety of our students, teachers, and staff with safety/security technology and protocols; developing a strategy that allows for modern and well-maintained facilities to provide a flexible, robust educational environment and recognize efficiencies in time and cost.

At ACS we are committed to providing students with an education of excellence. When our graduates depart, they leave prepared to positively impact their future, their community, and the world.

Our teachers and staff have a passion for providing a quality education for every student.

We are a premier school district and that encourages new families to move into our community. Established families hate to move because their children want to remain in our schools.

Your support, whether it be through words of encouragement, volunteering in the classroom, or providing valuable feedback, is vital to our district’s success.

Together, the district and community will live out the Almont Advantage and continue to make an impact on the lives of our students. Thank you for your partnership!

— Kimberly VonHiltmayer
(ACS Superintendent) &
The Almont Board

of Education