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Vote May 5, 2020. HCS Bond

Press Release

NEWS FROM HARTLAND CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS 
FOR RELEASE FEBRUARY 11, 2020 
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Superintendent Chuck Hughes 
810/626-2105 chuckhughes@hartlandschools.us 

HARTLAND SCHOOLS SCHEDULE MAY 5 BOND ELECTION 

The Hartland Consolidated Schools Board of Education has voted unanimously to place a $45 million bond proposal on the May 5th ballot. 

“This bond proposal is primarily about keeping the Hartland Consolidated School District current and competitive,” said School Superintendent Chuck Hughes. “The bond proposal calls for 

  • renovating, upgrading, and constructing school facilities, including safety and security improvements;
  • upgrading technology and technology infrastructure;
  • upgrading athletic facilities; and,
  • replacing school buses as they reach the end of their useful life.” 

After an exhaustive facilities study, architects and construction specialists worked with school leaders to develop a list of potential projects. This list was finalized after it was reviewed by parent-teacher organizations, Senior Center clients, HAYAA representatives, archery and robotics advocates, school administrators, teachers, and coaches. Finally, the proposed list of projects was presented to a series of focus panels composed of various school district constituents. The entire planning process took about one year. 

Hughes emphasized that every project in the bond proposal was reviewed and approved by the Michigan Department of Treasury. “If approved by voters, the bond proposal will affect every Hartland student and every Hartland school facility,” he said. 

The bond proposal will require a 1.44 mill increase in the current tax rate. “We believe the proposal is both necessary and reasonable,” said Board of Education President Thom Dumond. “For a homeowner living in a home with a taxable value of $117,500 the additional cost will be about 46¢ per day ($117,500 taxable value not assessed value x .00144 = $169.20 per year divided by 365 days a year = 46¢ per day). Many school district homeowners will pay less than that, he added. 

Dumond said that he believes the Board of Education has an obligation to take care of Hartland’s schools and to make sure that students have an instructional environment that enhances learning opportunities. “We are fortunate that our community values the same things,” he said. “I am convinced that is why people who live here have a history of supporting the schools.”

Hughes said that the May bond proposal is designed to support the school district’s plan to provide even more educational opportunities for students and benefits to the community. “I also believe that voter approval of the bond proposal will reflect positively on homeowner property values,” he added. 

Communicating about the bond proposal will be a primary focus during the coming months,” Hughes emphasized. “We want our residents to understand how a successful bond election will benefit everyone in the community now and in the future.” 

Complete information about the May 5 bond proposal will be posted on the school district’s website, www.hartlandschools.us. Residents with questions are invited to call any Hartland Consolidated Schools Principal or to contact Superintendent Chuck Hughes at 810/626-2105 or by email at chuckhughes@hartlandschools.us.

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