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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Oakridge Public Schools is running out of space in its buildings because increasing enrollment trends, and because a few years ago the state started requiring all-day kindergarten to qualify for full funding. This Bond Proposal will provide new classrooms and a new elementary gymnasium. Funding is also requested to replace boilers and heating unit ventilators to regulate temperature and save energy. Basic infrastructure such as roofing and electrical panels, that have reached their lifespan, would be replaced. With bond dollars dedicated to facility upgrades, general fund dollars would remain primarily focused on student learning.
A Community Stakeholder Facility Steering Committee was formed to research and seek additional input from the community. Based on this feedback and 300 respondents to a community-wide survey, the following changes were recommended by the steering committee and approved by the Board of Education:
A complete description of the scope in the May 2, 2017 Bond Proposal is listed in question #9 below.
The Bond Proposal will be on the Tuesday, May 2, 2017, ballot.
Voters within the Oakridge School District will be asked to consider the Bond Proposal to raise property taxes by 2.54 mills. This would raise $10.77 million for facility improvements and additions.
The owner of a home with a taxable value of $40,000 (home value of $80,000) would pay approximately $1.96/week, $8.50/month, or $102/year more in property taxes. The average taxable value of homes in the district is $40,265.
Who does the 2.54 mills impact?
The Community Stakeholder Facilities Steering Committee reviewed the August 2016 election results, surveyed the community with almost 300 respondents, and deliberated on this matter. The conclusion of this study showed lack of stakeholder unity and opinions were too diverse to include in the Bond Proposal. Therefore, the Carr School buildings will remain as is for the foreseeable future.
During the Master Facility Planning Process, a committee of citizens, parents, staff, and administration identified concerns with aging facilities and infrastructure, increasing enrollment, and limited gymnasium space at Lower Elementary for physical education. This committee recommended to the Board that these projects be addressed now. The Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution stating that it is necessary and expedient to ask voters whether to approve this Bond Proposal.
Funding would provide additional classrooms and learning space for Oakridge students and teachers. Similarly, the proposed new elementary gymnasium would provide dedicated gym space for physical education activities. In addition, the projects would improve the school environment, improve air quality and comfort within school buildings and help keep students dry with new roofs. Lastly, additional parking for staff, parents, and visitors would reduce crowded lots and parking in the roadways and improve student safety.
Here is a link to the entire ballot information including the legally required notices. The question on the ballot is provided below:
Shall Oakridge Public Schools, Muskegon and Newaygo Counties, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Ten Million Seven Hundred Seventy Thousand Dollars ($10,770,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor for the purpose of:
erecting, furnishing and equipping classroom additions to the Upper Elementary School building and a gymnasium addition to the Lower Elementary School building; partially remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing, and equipping and re-equipping school buildings; and developing and improving sites?