Holland Public Schools is asking the community to consider the Build-2021 Bond Proposal on the May 4, 2021 ballot. 

 BUILD 2021 requests $74.65 million dollars without increasing tax rates for property owners. If approved by voters, BUILD 2021 would generate $74,650,000 for improvements across the District.

 BUILD 2021 would allow the district to:

  • Construct of new instructional space at Holland Heights & West Elementary.
  • Complete unfinished projects on the district master plan.
  • Make Health & Safety improvements.
  • Upgrade instructional technology.


Learn more about BUILD 2021

BUILD 2021 - Ballot Language

BUILD 2021 | Remember to vote on Tuesday, May 4, 2021

An Estimate Tax Reduction

Build-2021 requests $74.65 million dollars without increasing tax rates for property owners. As prior school debt falls off the tax rolls this summer, HPS will maintain the current collection rate minus .25 mills. This will actually result in a reduction from your 2020 property tax rate.

Shelly Blystra's Classroom

Shelly Blystra is a 2nd grade teacher at Holland Heights Elementary. She is a 26-year veteran teacher in the district.  She teaches in the same classroom where she went to school as a 2nd grade student herself. 

Unfinished Construction

In 2009, the Holland Community approved the Build-21 Proposal. At the time, $75 million dollars was raised. Build-2021 addresses projects that weren't included then and new projects that come up since.

BUILD 2021 Timeline and Projects

Build-2021 Bonds would be issued in three series over the next several years.  This would give the Holland Community the opportunity to give their input into new construction projects while providing the much-needed funding for current expenses. 

Stacking up against other area school districts.

Even with passage of Build-2021 on May 4, property owners in the HPS district will pay among the lowest debt millage rates in the area.


BUILD 2021 Presentation


BUILD 2021 Dates to Know!


How do I register to vote?  

It is recommended by the Secretary of State to register to vote by mail, or online at by April 19, 2021. Individuals may also register to vote in-person at their local clerk’s office through May 4, 2021, with the required documentation. For assistance in obtaining the address of your local clerk, visit  

How is an absentee voter ballot obtained?  

Due to COVID-19, the Secretary of State is mailing absentee voter ballot applications to all registered voters. Registered voters must complete and submit the application to receive their absentee voter ballot. To vote by mail, fill out the application and sign it, and then mail or email it to your local clerk. For assistance in obtaining the address of your local clerk, visit When filling out the application, if you check the box to be added to the permanent absentee voter list, you will get an application mailed to you before every election.   

 If you registered to vote after absentee voter ballot applications were mailed, applications may be obtained online at Absentee voter ballots are available by March 20 through May 4, 2021. 

Where and when will the vote occur?    

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 is election day, but absentee voting can occur leading up to that date. All registered voters may cast an absentee voter ballot by mail. Voters may cast a ballot at the polling location established by their city/township. If you have questions or do not know where you vote, please contact your city/township office. Polls will be open from 7:00am to 8:00pm on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. 

What are the key dates leading up to the Tuesday, May 4, 2021 election day?  

Registering to vote:  

  • The last day for voters to register by mail is April 19, 2021
  • Voters may register in-person through May 4, 2021 (election day) with the required documentation  

Absentee Voting:   

  • Absentee voter ballots are available from March 20 until May 4, 2021 
  • Contact your local clerk with questions 

If I rent a house, can I vote?   

Yes, if you rent a house you can still vote. You do need to be a registered voter in the city or township you are living in. 

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