The Linden Board of Education approved placing a $55-million bond proposal on the May 5 ballot.
According to a press release from Linden Community Schools Superintendent Russ Ciesielski, the money would go to the following:
• Enhancing student safety and school security
• Expanding and enhancing the instructional environment
• Upgrading and constructing school facilities
• Upgrading technology and tech nology infrastructure
The district has 2.92 mills in existing bonds, and 1.88 mills would be added in 2020, totalling 4.8 mills. The maximum number of years for the bond is 25 years.
With 4.8 mills, a house with a taxable value of $100,000 will pay $480 a year. That equates to $40 a month and roughly $1.33 a day. Go to lindenschoolsbond.com for more information.
The bonds are proposed to be issued in three series — 2020, 2022 and 2024. The millage rate is expected to decline after 2028 due to bond repayment and taxable value growth.
“The facility assessment process led to a bond proposal that will affect every classroom and instructional space in the Linden Community Schools,” Ciesielski said. “If this proposal is approved by voters, it will address our education and facility priorities. The proposal also will position us for the future. We expect that a successful bond election will positively impact our students and other members of the community now and well into the 21st century.”
The bond proposal calls for numerous projects, including adding a media center to Linden Elementary School, expanding the Linden High School Media Center, adding secure entrances to Central, Hyatt, and Linden Elementary, Linden Middle School, and Linden High School. It also calls for relocating the Early Childhood Center from its current location in Argentine to Hyatt Elementary, building a new multipurpose center between Linden Middle School and Linden High School, developing areas for student collaboration, and adding space for robotics instruction and Science, Technology, Engineer, and Math (STEM) programming.
The school district worked with construction and architectural specialists, to complete an in-depth facility study in early 2019, according to the press release. The bond proposal was developed following a review of the facility study by the school district’s Facilities Needs Committee and Strategic Planning Leadership Group, which assesses Linden’s school environment and makes recommendations for Board of Education consideration.
School Board President Scott Maker said, “A successful bond proposal will provide the school district with revenue to update and enhance our school facilities and provide a positive learning environment that supports quality instruction.”
Maker said that he and his Linden Board of Education colleagues believe voter approval of the ballot proposal will be a significant step toward a positive future for Linden students and the Linden community.
“We have a long history of community support for schools,” he said. “Our residents understand that a successful election will have a positive impact on student achievement, homeowner property values, and the Linden community’s enviable reputation.”
If passed, the millage will be levied on the July 1, 2020 property tax bill.
The district will produce informational materials and conduct community presentations to explain the proposal.
• Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m. at the Linden High School Auditorium
• Tuesday, March 10, 9 a.m. at the Hyatt Elementary Gymnasium
• Thursday, March 12, 9 a.m. at the Linden Elementary Cafeteria
• Monday, March 16, 9 a.m. at the Central Elementary Cafeteria
• Monday, March 16, 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Elementary Gymnasium
• Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 p.m. at the Linden Middle School Cafetorium
“Shall Linden Community Schools, Genesee and Livingston Counties, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Fifty-Five Million Dollars ($55,000,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefore, in one or more series, for the purpose of:
Erecting, furnishing, and equipping an addition to Linden Elementary School, an addition to Linden High School, and a multipurpose facility; remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing, and equipping and re-equipping existing school buildings and facilities; acquiring and installing instructional technology in school buildings; and preparing, developing, improving, and equipping playgrounds, playfields, athletic fields, and sites?”