What you need to know about bonds at Battle Creek Public, Pennfield and Marshall

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Springfield Middle School principal Mary Shabani said she wanted her building to be more conducive to learning.

Built as an elementary school in 1965, the college has retained its original charm and unique features, such as a domed gymnasium that Shabani nicknamed “the spaceship”. But the aging building also has an outdated HVAC system, dimly lit or flashing artificial lights, scuffed floors, and a mishmash of dated desks and furniture.

“When you try to do what schools are doing to involve students and make them feel like they are a part of this community, it’s a little difficult when they walk into rooms where the chairs are broken and the floor looks like to garbage, ”Shabani said. said while making a tour of the building on Friday.

“The registers are inconsistent and don’t work very well… I can’t tell you how hard it is to motivate kids when they’re hot,” she said. “It’s hard for teachers to get motivated when they stand in front of the class sweating through their clothes. “

Social Studies teacher Monica Deittrick works with Aniyah Mendez, Deontae Rome, Jason English and James Holland on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Northwestern Middle School in Battle Creek, Michigan.  Voters will decide on a $ 44.8 million bond measure on Nov. 2 that would be used to renovate Northwestern and Springfield middle schools.

For the second time this year, Battle Creek Public Schools is asking voters to approve a $ 44.8 million bond that would include renovations to Springfield Middle School as well as major upgrades and additions to Northwestern Middle School . The proposal is part of a five-year district transformation plan that began in 2017 with the help of a $ 51 million grant from the WK Kellogg Foundation, although these funds cannot be used for construction purposes.

BCPS is joined by Pennfield Schools and Marshall Public Schools in calling on their district constituents to approve bail measures in the November 2 special election.

In May, the previous BCPS obligation was not adopted by 38 votes (975 to 937). With just 6% of registered voters in the district making it to this election, the district of 3,716 students and 13 schools is looking to increase voter turnout to pass its first bond measure since 2007.

Termite damage was documented on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Springfield Middle School in Springfield, Michigan.  Voters will decide on a $ 44.8 million bond measure on Nov. 2 that would be used to renovate Northwestern and Springfield middle schools.

The proposed 26-year bond would increase homeowners’ property taxes at a rate of up to 2.71 miles per year for every $ 1,000 of assessed value, although the district believes it can achieve a rate of 1.51 miles.

According to BCPS:

• Approximately $ 32.4 million would go to fund North West renovations and additions in a transformation into an immersive visual and performing arts academy for K-8 students.

• Approximately $ 12.4 million would be used to fund Springfield renovations in its transformation into a service-learning school, a model that integrates volunteer work and community engagement into the curriculum.

If the measure is passed, renovations would begin in summer 2022, with a major reopening scheduled for fall 2024. Schools would remain open during renovations.

The district already has several education options focused on science, technology, engineering and math. Middle school students can attend the BC STEM Innovation Center and high school students have the option to enroll in the Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center.

“Measuring middle school transformation obligations is the next step in our transformation as we work to expand opportunities for students,” said BCPS Superintendent Kim Carter.

“While our individualized educational experiences and unique specialty programs are unmatched in our region, our teachers and staff have worked hard to create success in buildings that are aging, in need of repair and lacking modern technology,” she said. declared.

“If successful, this surety measure would not only bring much-needed building improvements to Springfield and Northwestern, but it would also help us reinvent the college experience in BCPS and provide our students with learning environments that inspire greatness.” pride and support transformative experiences.

Pennfield Schools $ 30 Million Bond

A child jumps through the halls of Purdy Elementary School in Pennfield on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in Battle Creek, Michigan.  The district is seeking to pass a $ 30 million bond proposal in the special election on November 2, 2021.

Pennfield Schools is asking voters to approve a 30-year, $ 30 million bond measure that would include renovations and upgrades to its K-12 buildings and sports facilities.

This is the district’s third attempt to issue a bond in five years. Voters rejected a request for $ 8.6 million in May 2017 by a margin of 16 votes (854-838) and a proposal for $ 8.3 million in August 2016 by 35 votes (855-820). A potential $ 22 million bond proposal was dropped in 2020 due to the pandemic.

The estimated mileage for the proposed bonds would be zero net increase as the district extends the current rate further into the future. The district plans to borrow from the state’s school bond loan and qualification program to pay the debt service on those bonds.

Students hang their winter coats in the hallways of North Penn Elementary School Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in Battle Creek, Michigan.  Pennfield Schools is asking voters to approve a 30-year, $ 30 million bond measure that would include renovations and upgrades to its K-12 buildings and sports facilities.

According to Pennfield:

• $ 2,505,000 will be used for renovations to North Penn Elementary School, including an addition of four classrooms, new carpets and furniture, improved audiovisual equipment, and the resurfacing of its parking lot.

• $ 1,590,000 would be used for renovations to Primary Purdy, including an addition of two classrooms, new furniture, upgraded audio / video devices, and resurfacing of its parking lot.

• $ 9,200,000 would be used for renovations to Dunlap Primary School, including mechanical improvements such as air conditioning, remodeling of doors, windows and cabinets, new finishes on floors and ceilings, accessibility improvements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), lighting improvements, new lockers and the resurfacing of its parking lot.

• $ 11,267,200 would be used for renovations to Pennfield Middle School, including a new roof, mechanical upgrades, new flooring, upgraded audio / video equipment, redesign of bathrooms, redesign of the “Panther Den” and resurfacing of its parking lot.

• $ 4,857,400 would be used for renovations to Pennfield High School and its athletic facilities, including safety upgrades, siding replacement, reconstruction of student and staff parking lots, court resurfacing. tennis court, a new concession building, replacement of the football bleachers and press stand and replacement of its six-lane track with a standard eight-lane track.

Marshall Public Schools $ 45.5 million bond

Harrington Elementary in Albion, which is part of the Marshall Public Schools.

Marshall Public Schools is asking voters to back up to $ 45.5 million a 30-year bond that includes district-wide technology and equipment upgrades, a new elementary building in Albion, sports facility improvements at Marshall High School; and infrastructure improvements at Marshall Middle School, Hughes Elementary and Gordon Elementary and Opportunity High School in Albion.

When the Albion School District was annexed to Marshall’s Public Schools in 2016, Marshall pledged to separate the existing bond debt upon annexation. The current bond proposal is one mile net of zero for residents of Marshall, but residents of Albion would see a net increase of 3.00 mile over the previous year’s drawdown.

In Albion, there have been no new school facilities or additions to buildings since 1967.

Marshall made a final bond in 2010 and will extend the bond for an additional 16 years, after which the mileage rate will begin to decline and is expected to match Albion’s mileage rate in 2039.

FOLLOWING: Which voters will be asked to decide on Marshall’s $ 45.5 million bond

According to Marshall:

• $ 16,920,000 would be used to build a new K-5 primary in Albion.

• 3,233,253 would be used at Gordon Elementary School for an addition of four classrooms, air conditioning, a new water filtration system, improved audio / video devices and technological infrastructure, as well as new furniture and equipment.

• $ 46,000 (each) would be used to Hughes Elementary School and Walters Elementary School for upgrading audio / video devices and technological infrastructure and for new furniture and equipment.

• $ 5,912,802 would be used at Marshall College to upgrade mechanical and electrical systems to support air conditioning, to upgrade audio / video devices and technology infrastructure and for new furniture and equipment.

• $ 15,513,945 would be used to Marshall High School to build a new auxiliary gymnasium, to construct two walkway buildings for the soccer / softball and football complexes, for new furniture and equipment, to replace group equipment, to upgrade audio / video devices and technological infrastructure, a new all-season synthetic track and a new turf soccer field and soccer field.

• $ 2,500,000 would be used to High school of opportunity in Albion to replace its roof, for new furniture and equipment and to upgrade audio / video devices and technological infrastructure.

Contact reporter Nick Buckley at [email protected] or 269-966-0652. Follow him on Twitter: @NickJBuckley

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