If this Bond Did Not Pass…Luckily Education will still go on……..

August 22, 2018 · 0 comments

What would have happened if the 2018 Chippewa Valley bond did not pass?

We would still have safe and strong schools. Here’s why:

The Michigan 2019 K-12 School Aid Budget just passed includes a funding increase of between $120 and $240 per student. This budget also sets aside $58 million for school safety.  This includes money for mental health counselors, threat reporting systems and physical building security. An article stating there is more grant money for safety in schools:

https://www.candgnews.com/news/grant-aims-to-prevent-school-violence-110376?fbclid=IwAR0ALp9ou8Fr22ItJ06mDXGpKR1APNBGGYpMdTrHplDLoi8PpGrNrSWUAWs

According to State data CV schools received  $180 million dollars in revenue and expended $159 million for all education in 2016/17 school year, leaving $ 21 million for it’s “rainy day fund”. These funds are renewable funds; every year. Thankfully we have well funded schools.

[https://www.mackinac.org/depts/epi/fiscal.aspx ]

Compiled information from the State of Michigan.

This “rainy day fund” would be used for repairs and maintenance.

If boiler, HVAC or plumbing problems happen mid bond issue here or in districts that have no bond funds available, how do those items get fixed? The same way schools have historically done repairs or replacements before they started using these bonds (borrowing for construction and buses).

They budgeted for it out of operational funds. Luckily our schools are not in disrepair or unsafe.   Big tickets items get fixed promptly to avoid  safety and health concerns.

If the hand dryers are broke in the bathrooms, a simple repair or replace will come from the regular operating budget. If the school administrators let the hand dryers stay broken, sinks not have water or soap dispensers stay broken then surely it is a health and hygiene concern, s o they’d be a priority.

Some Interior locks, any re configuring of front office spaces, and early warning systems were completed with the $89 million dollars from the 2010 bond. Only $ 2 million from the 2010 bond is not enough to sustain repairs, so taxpayers had great reasons to pass the bond.

 

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