The Hartland Consolidated Schools Board of Education has voted unanimously to place a $45 million bond proposal on the August 4th ballot. To keep voters safe and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Hartland Consolidated Schools Board of Education rescheduled the May proposal to August 4th. The August ballot proposal contains the same projects as the May proposal.
“The bond proposal was developed to keep the Hartland Consolidated School District current and competitive, and to protect the investment residents have made in their schools,” said School Superintendent Chuck Hughes. “The last few weeks have been hard on families, students, and staff due to Covid19, but when students return to school, we want to continue to continue providing them with a quality educational program and a safe learning environment.”
According to 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.
It took about a year to develop the bond proposal. The process started with an in-depth facility study to identify short- and long-range facility needs. Architects and construction specialists then worked with school leaders to develop a list of potential projects. The project 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 reviewed by diverse groups of school district residents in a series of focus panels.
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,” said Hughes. Community members can look for “orange squares” throughout the district which designates that the area will be touched by the bond. “The August bond proposal is also designed to enhance the educational opportunities for students.”
According to Hughes, moving the election from May to August did not increase the amount of the ballot request. The proposal remains the same, requiring 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 $235,000, the additional cost will be about 46¢ per day ($235,000/2=$117,500 (taxable value) x .00144 = 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.”
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 August 4th bond proposal will be posted on the school district’s website, www.hartlandschools.us. Residents with questions are invited to contact Superintendent Chuck Hughes at 810/626-2105 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you curious what projects will be included if the May 5, 2020 Bond Proposal passes?
Start looking for the orange squares posted around the district! Anywhere you see an orange square, the space attached to that square will be included in the list of projects to be completed by the 2020 Bond.
If you have additional questions about a project, just ask!