Clare BOE approves ballot for $2.45 million bond

April 24, 2015

BPA State winners included: Front row left to right: Mackenzie Harmon, Holly Pummell, Lauryn Fairchild, Carlee Williamson, Jayda Sykora, Abbie Showalter, Gabe Kasper, Brooke Painter, Kolt Lincoln and Owen Luna. Back row left to right: Advisor Debbie Loesel, Tessa Huovinen, Karly Humphrey, Bailey Hubel, Teressa Griffith, John Franko, Connor Clickner, Josiah Bear, Zack Brockway, Emily Austin, Julia David, Alea Thayer and Advisor Jann Cleary.

BPA State winners included: Front row left to right: Mackenzie Harmon, Holly Pummell, Lauryn Fairchild, Carlee Williamson, Jayda Sykora, Abbie Showalter, Gabe Kasper, Brooke Painter, Kolt Lincoln and Owen Luna. Back row left to right: Advisor Debbie Loesel, Tessa Huovinen, Karly Humphrey, Bailey Hubel, Teressa Griffith, John Franko, Connor Clickner, Josiah Bear, Zack Brockway, Emily Austin, Julia David, Alea Thayer and Advisor Jann Cleary.

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

Clare School District voters will go to the polls August 4 to say “yea” or “nay” to a proposal to borrow $2.45 million for building renovations, technology, school busses, developing a playground and site improvements.

The proposal would not add taxes for the district because it is a proposal to extend an expiring .73 mill bond issue from 2001 for an additional 11 years.
Following a special meeting April 6 to discuss the district needs and options for a bond issue, the Clare Board of Education voted unanimously Monday evening to approve the ballot language as follows:

Principal Ed Hubel honored BPA Advisor Deb Loesel, who was named Michigan BPA Advisor of the Year at the State Leadership Conference.

Principal Ed Hubel honored BPA Advisor Deb Loesel, who was named Michigan BPA Advisor of the Year at the State Leadership Conference.

BONDING PROPOSAL
Shall Clare Public Schools, Clare and Isabella Counties, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Two Million Four Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($2,450,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, for the purpose of:
Partially remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing, and equipping and re-equipping school district buildings: acquiring, installing and equipping instructional technology for school district buildings, together with related infrastructure improvements; purchasing school buses, developing, equipping and improving a playground; and developing and improving sites?

The proposal explains, “The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2015 is .73 mill ($0.73 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a -0- net increase in debt millage. The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is 11 years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 1.04 mills ($1.04 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).

State law prohibits bond proceeds from being used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries, or other operating expenses.
Superintendent Doniel Pummell said in an email Wednesday, “I am very proud of the Clare Board of Education. Over several months they worked hard to research and determine the very best solution for the district and the community. It is no secret that our middle school is older and beginning to reach a point whereby upkeep and repairs are difficult and beyond the scope of the budget.  The Board’s goal was to explore options for a bond vote that would address this concern as well as other issues across the district such as buses, technology and various other repair issues that the school’s general fund can’t cover due to recent years of cuts to the base funding to schools through the foundation allowance.”

She continued, “Having said this, the Board will be taking to the voters a bond issue Aug. 4th that, when passed, generates 2.4 million dollars and does NOT raise voter taxes at all!  This is possible via the fact that the district has .73 mills that are scheduled to expire this year, and the bond vote asks voters to approve extending the .73 mills for 11 years, again not changing current tax bills but increasing revenue for the district by 2.4 million dollars!. Potential projects that the board plans to complete for the students include… A new playground for the primary, technology upgrades in ALL buildings, bus purchases, and several additional repairs that are needed across our campuses.”

She added, “The final project scope will be shared as the Bond Campaign gets underway over the next couple of months prior to the Aug. 4th vote!  An additional note that the Board wants shared is the fact that within nine years, another Bond Election can be taken to voters that will again lead to NO INCREASE in taxes with the potential of generating 14 million dollars in revenue for the district!  At that time the district would be in a wonderful position to build a new school!  As always Pioneers lead the way and in this case the way is being led responsibly and with student needs at the forefront of the decisions.”

In another matter at Monday’s regular Board of Education meeting, trustees unanimously approved a “Letter of Agreement” for the Operations and Maintenance Group’s wage re-opener.

Under the new agreement, the Group will not receive step increases either for this year or next year, but will get a 1.5 percent wage increase next year.

Delta Math students include: Back row left to right: Tayvin Backus, Emily Miller, Alan Winter, Blake Miller, Kaleb Schroeder,  Mason Bryant, Annika Lowe, and William Bell. Front row left to right: Michael Rodgers, Ivan Yoder, Kyle Townsend, Dylan Schalm, Aidan Hill, Alex Hoogerhyde, Lexi LaPoe, Nicole Taylor, and Emmah Coker.

Delta Math students include: Back row left to right: Tayvin Backus, Emily Miller, Alan Winter, Blake Miller, Kaleb Schroeder,  Mason Bryant, Annika Lowe, and William Bell. Front row left to right: Michael Rodgers, Ivan Yoder, Kyle Townsend, Dylan Schalm, Aidan Hill, Alex Hoogerhyde, Lexi LaPoe, Nicole Taylor, and Emmah Coker.

Under recognitions and Presentations, Delta Math Competitors were recognized with Nicole Taylor mentioned for placing 14th for Seventh Graders and with Michael Rodgers and Tayvin Backup honored for tying for 27th place in the 8th Grade Division.

Members of the Business Professionals of America were also recognized for achievements at the State Leadership Conference.
In Individual Presentation Management, Teressa Griffith placed 3rd and Tessa Huovinen took 4th place. In Team Presentation Management Brooke Painter, Carlee Williamson, Tyler Gillespie and Ryan Seiter placed 6th; Saleen Picard took 6th place in Advanced Interview Skills; Emily Austin took 6th in Interview Skills; and Gabe Kasper took 4th place in Advanced Accounting. Thirty two BPA students also earned the Statesman Torch Award, and Kolt Lincoln placed ninth in Keyboarding.
Finally BPA Advisor Deb Loesel was named Michigan Outstanding BPA Advisor at the State Leadership Conference. Twenty-two students will attend the National competition in California next month.

Members of the Bowling Team were also presented with certificates for their accomplishments. Six team members, Kyle Duffett, Jeffrey Gross, Brendan Gyulveszi, Jacob Karl, Christopher Prince and Jake Pryor qualified for team state finals.

Other business at the meeting Monday included:
*Business Manager Lynn Graham was unanimously approved to sign a contract renewal with Chartwells.
*Carol Santini was selected at representative and Loren Cole as alternate for the upcoming Regional Education Service District biennial election in May.
* 2015-2018 Collaborative goals for the District were approved by the board.
*Graham and Pummell presented information for a preliminary budget for next year. Staffing cuts were discussed as a possibility to free up money to increase the district fund balance. The Finance and Facilities Committee will discuss cut backs on costs.
*Student Achievement Director Dwayne Strachan presented a data video on the district for demographics, testing, transportation, food service, maintenance and technology.
*During her Superintendent’s Report, Pummell noted that District Improvement Team meeting notes for the year were included in the packet and reviewed the hiring process recently put in place with the administrators.

 

 

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