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Tuesday set to be a big day for school bond proposals

Published: May. 3, 2021 at 9:53 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Tuesday is set to be a significant day for voters to decide if and how some school districts will fund upcoming initiatives. The May 4 election will include bond proposals from multiple mid-Michigan school districts.

In Waverly the bond - if passed - would cover a lot of improvements in Waverly Community Schools. The Waverly Community Schools Board of Education is placing a 30-year, $125 million bond proposal on the May 4 election ballot. The purpose of the bond issue is to add capacity at the elementary schools and address safety, security, and facility improvements district-wide.

“This bond issue would allow us to make needed updates to spaces across the district so we can create modern, 21st-century learning environments for Waverly students, without asking homeowners to raise the debt millage,” said Superintendent Kelly Blake.

Additional bond improvements proposed include:

  • Mechanical system upgrades throughout the district
  • New furnishings and finish updates in all buildings
  • New bus and student technology purchases
  • Secure vestibule entrances at the elementary and high schools
  • Cafeteria and media center renovations at the middle school and high school
  • Community locker room renovation at East Intermediate

Residents in Okemos will be asked to vote on both a millage proposal and a millage renewal measure.

For the new millage, Okemos Public Schools are asking the community to provide a $0.9861 (about a dollar) in tax for each $1,000 of taxable valuation. This would go on for a period of 10 years, and would be used to create a sinking fund for the construction or repair of school buildings, for school security improvements, for the acquisition or upgrading of technology.

The millage renewal will allow the school district to continue to levy up to 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to operate as normal.

Holt will also have a bond proposal on the ballot, which will ask the public to fund a major organizational transition. If approved, school administrators say the bond would provide $148 million in funding for four key areas of critical infrastructure, security, learning environments, and innovation over the next 8 years.

Taxpayers will be asked to vote on a projected tax decrease of 1.77 mils when compared to the previous year’s tax rate. Holt Superintendent Dr. David Hornak says that the restructuring is projected to be a net decrease to taxpayers.

It would also move students to a more traditional setup as ages relate to school buildings.

“This proposal re-configures our schools and reduces transitions for students,” Hornak wrote in a statement on the district’s website. “...if approved by voters, the fifth grade would return to our elementary buildings, our middle schools would serve 6-8 graders, and our high school would become a traditional 9-12 high school.”

Holt building configuration
Holt building configuration(WILX 2021)

For a full list of elections by county see below, or go to Michigan.gov/SoS.

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