2022 CCS Bond Proposal
Dear Clarkston Community Schools Families,
Last night, the Board of Education voted to place a bond proposal on the November 8th ballot for district-wide facility upgrades. The proposal is the result of us reviewing and updating our 2016 Facilities Master Plan, evaluating all our buildings, prioritizing identified needs, and gathering feedback from you, as well as our students, staff, and community members.
If approved by voters, this bond proposal is projected to require no tax rate increase to property owners over the current year debt millage rate and would provide up to $197.5 million for district-wide improvements. The bond proposal has three key priorities for district improvement projects: Safety & Security, New Junior High, and Aging Building Systems and Sites.
Proposed safety and security improvements include building air quality, providing air conditioning in classrooms, ADA upgrades, door hardware replacements, window blinds, building card access controls, additional generator circuits for life safety systems, and fire alarm system replacements.
The bond proposal would provide an opportunity to replace the 63-year-old aging Junior High with a new facility on the existing site. Considerable research and review revealed that renovating the existing building would not fully address all infrastructure and educational needs. And the cost to renovate the existing Junior High would approach the replacement cost due to the age of the building and existing infrastructure needs, including underground systems. The proposed new facility would feature improved building efficiency, provide larger classrooms to support innovative and collaborative learning, improved ADA accessibility, and improved traffic flow while preserving and updating the current auditorium and construction trades areas.
In addition, the proposal addresses the most critical aging building systems. It provides parity among school buildings, including replacing select roofing, mechanical systems, doors, casework, flooring, clock systems, failing paving, exterior building envelopes, and technology devices and infrastructure.
Over the next several weeks, the district will be releasing more information about the proposal. You can also find details on our website at https://www.clarkston.k12.mi.us/community/bond-2022.
Dr. Shawn Ryan
About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,100 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have a virtual academy, an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.
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