Grand Ledge Trying Again for Bond

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

"I think some of the extras--the athletic extras--they could do without," says John Pryzbyl, of a bond he would vote for for Grand Ledge Schools.

"I don't see the effort putting money into old schools. We need more," says Dean Halsted.

Deb Nichols says she'd vote for it if it was more specific to advancement and technology for the kids.

A May bond proposal failed by 800 votes. It was seeking money for an expansion at the high school, improvement at Delta Center elementary, and energy upgrades all over the district. It was a "no"--the district's surveying tells them--in large part because it focused too much on athletics.

"In actuality it was 10 percent, but perception, you know perception is reality," says school board president Kim Mulvenna.

This time around, the school board is asking what voters perceive before they find out at the ballot box.

Faced with shrinking state budgets and a possible mid-year cut, they'd like to put a new bond on the May ballot.

"I don't feel comfortable moving forward 'til I know what they'll accept, when they'll accept it," Mulvenna says.

A forum Thurday will be a chance to test the waters. The school board is inventing residents to the high school's cafeteria at 7 PM to speak out on the bond.

Mulvenna pledges they won't move forward until they hear it's what voters want.

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