Committee Seeks Community Support for $94M School Bond

Friday, January 20, 2017, 1:34 pm
By: 
Karessa Wheeler

Eric Schertzing, Chair of the East Lansing Public Schools Community Bond Committee, has organized an informational meeting for next Tuesday night to gather support and ideas to ensure the passage of this spring’s bond proposal. The bond is aimed at rebuilding all of the elementary schools in the East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS) district.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24, in room 211 of the Hannah Community Center.

“This is a chance to catch up on our school bond and hear about the various ways to help with a bond ‘yes’ vote,” Schertzing wrote.

The public is invited to attend and Schertzing says there will be a sign-up sheets for people to become more involved.

“We will hear about the process for what the schools can do with information and the advocacy side responsibilities of the political committee,” Schertzing wrote.

A film crew is already working to put together an information video about the proposal, Schertzing said.

This meeting is not organized by the East Lansing Public Schools Board of Trustees, although they did select the membership of the community bond committee.

When the committee presented its report to the board late last year, members told the board that they wished to remain involved with the bond passage as well as with overseeing the implementation of the bond monies. The board has not yet responded formally to that request.

On Monday, February 6, the school board will be voting on the exact language of the bond proposal that will come before voters on May 2. That meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and will be at East Lansing High School.

Earlier this month, the board approved an application for preliminary qualification of bonds to be sent to the state Department of Treasury to qualify the district for state funds. The proposal requests no more than $93.77 million to rebuild Donley, Glencairn, Marble, Pinecrest and Whitehills elementary schools, and to renovate Red Cedar Elementary. The construction would take 15-18 months and would be expected to be complete by fall 2021.

The bonds would cost homeowners an additional $180 per year on a home with a market value of $200,000.

 

Note: This article was amended to correct the date of the board meeting.

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