Election Results: Okemos Bond Passes, G.L. Bonds Split, Sinking Funds Split

By: Tony Tagliavia Email
By: Tony Tagliavia Email

Two of the three bond proposals facing mid-Michigan voters passed Tuesday night and voters were split on two sinking funds used for building improvements.

The $6.8 million bond for new computers, classroom technology, wiring and school buses in Okemos was approved.

With one precinct left to count, Meridian Township Clerk Mary Helmbrecht told News 10 the tally was 2,472 yes votes to 2,148 nos. That last precinct would have to be extremely lopsided to overcome the difference between the tallies, Helmbrecht said.

Superintendent Lee Gerard said he was "ecstatic" about the approval. Gerard will retire at the end of the year. There "couldn't be a better" way to end his tenure as the district's leader, he told News 10.

In Grand Ledge, voters approved a $34.6 million academic improvement bond. The bond will pay for a new more secure high school entrance, new classrooms, an expanded high school cafeteria and school buses.

Board of Education President Kim Mulvenna called the vote "a great day for the community and for our kids."

A $5.5 million athletic improvement bond in Grand Ledge did not pass.

Mason's sinking fund for building improvements passed by a 15 percent margin. The DeWitt schools sinking fund failed by just 12 votes.

Mulvenna said the board has not yet decided whether to ask voters again to support athletic improvements. She says a number of factors will help make that decision, including the state funding issues.

Districts still are not completely certain their funding for the current school year will be cut and if so, how much.

Next year's funding is less certain.

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