DATES TO

REMEMBER

SEPTEMBER 3

School begins

SEPTEMBER 21

Absentee ballots available

OCTOBER 21

Last day to register to vote by mail

or at Secretary of State 

 

NOVEMBER 5

Election Day

2019 BOND  PROPOSAL

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

THE BASICS

Every Schoolcraft student deserves a quality learning environment that equips them to succeed for a lifetime.

Our current elementary and middle schools and some athletic facilities are old and failing. We’ve maintained them for as long as possible.

We’ve developed a long-term plan to wisely invest in a better, safer, secure, efficient, cost-effective learning environment for students while minimizing the burden on taxpayers. Cost: $39.9 million, requiring a millage increase of 3 mills.

OVERVIEW

On November 5, 2019 Schoolcraft residents will be asked to consider a bond proposal to support Schoolcraft Community Schools. If approved, the 3 mill proposal will generate $39.9 million to replace our aging facilities with a carefully designed, future-focused learning campus. The investment plan has been result of a lot of input from our community and an extensive district facility and community assessment. The plan aims to provide the right facilities for our children and community while minimizing the tax burden.

3.0

mill increase

 

Look-See Tours

See the need for yourself. Learn more about the bond. Ask questions and get answers.

Sunday, Sept. 29

4-6 PM

Elementary & Middle Schools


Sunday, Oct. 6

4-6 PM

Elementary & Middle Schools

Sunday, Oct. 20

4-6 PM

Elementary & Middle Schools

 
 

IMPROVEMENT PLAN

We aren’t keeping pace with what’s needed to educate  our students in today’s world because our facilities  were designed for a different era. Heating technology  is outdated, inefficient and failing. Building entry and  safety need to be modernized. Even a full remodel  of these buildings—which would cost $32 million,  according to our 2018 facility assessment— couldn’t address all of these needs.

 

The district has designed an improvement plan that includes updated facilities designed for modern learning, long-term sustainability and improved energy efficiency.  The result of such improvement will lower operating costs and create  great school facilities that attracts new businesses and  residents to our community.

See a few of the specific projects under the new plan laid out below:

New pre K-6th Grade Building

Designed for modern learning, including four sections per grade plus small-group breakout spaces, gym, cafeteria, playgrounds for upper and lower elementary, and energy-efficient heating/air conditioning system

7th-8th Grade Addition

A new, dedicated addition to the high school for 7th-8th grades designed for modern learning, plus access control to keep student populations separate, a dedicated gym, and enhanced security

Enhanced Safety

Safer, more secure buildings, including enhanced security entrance for high school. Additionally,safer traffic design, with drop-off away from streets and safer traffic flow

Athletic Improvements

Improvements to athletic facilities—tennis courts, restrooms, equipment storage, track, bleacher, safety railings, lighting, accessibility

 
 

TAX IMPACT

Current Millage Rate

4 mills

+

Mill Increase 

3 mills

=

New Millage Rate

7 mills


Nearby District Millage Rate

Parchment - 9.01 mills

Gobles - 9.0 mills

Paw Paw - 8.2 mills

Mendon - 8.0 mills

Portage - 7.35 mills

Schoolcraft - 7.0 mills

Vicksburg - 6.85 mills

Mattawan - 6.55 mills

 

VOTER INFORMATION

ABSENTEE BALLOT


Absent voter ballots are available to ALL registered voters for ALL elections. You no longer need a reason to vote absentee. Absent voter ballots offer a convenient way to vote instead of attending the polls on election day.

How to get an absentee ballot

You can download an Absentee Ballot application, fill it out, print  and sign it, then take it to your township clerk. An absentee ballot will be mailed to you after September 21. The Absentee Ballot application and details on how to vote absentee are available at the link below:


VOTER REGISTRATION


Are you registered to vote?
To take part in the November 5 election, you must be a registered voter at least 30 days before the vote. If you registered in the past and haven’t moved from your current township, you’re all set—you don’t have to register again.

Not sure if you’re registered? 

 

How to register
You must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old by election day, and a resident of Michigan and the  township where you’re applying to vote. You can register in person at:
•    Any Secretary of State branch office
•    Your township clerk’s office
•    County clerk’s office
•    Department of Health and Human Services office if you’re a client
•    Michigan Works and military recruitment offices (for those enlisting in the service)



Get in touch with us!
Send a message through the form below
or call (269) 488-7305

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