Boyne City Public Schools is seeking a voter-approved bond to support infrastructure and technology upgrades.
By Josh Sampson
Boyne City Public Schools Superintendent Peter Moss recently gave a report detailing exactly how the proposed technology bond monies will be spent.
Boyne City residents will have a chance to vote on the bond proposal and other school-related issues on Tuesday, May 3.
“I think people understand what we’re trying to do, and they understand that the actual millage rate will be reduced,” Moss said. “They understand that this is where teaching and learning is headed. This is how we have to respond.”
The current millage rate, from the construction of the Boyne City High School in 1999, will decrease from 3.5 mils to 3.35 mils if the bond should pass.
The plan is to ask the voters of Boyne City Public School District if they are willing to approve a bond to enhance technology, instruction, improve student safety, upgrade the capacity and the infrastructure of an aging building for Boyne City Public Schools.
“If people approve the bond issue then only the things on the ballot can go through,” Moss said. “It can’t be used for professional development.”
Professional development items include operations like salaries and benefits, instructional textbooks and materials, supplies, routine maintenance and extra-curricular supplies and equipment.
Voter approval would allow the district to levy 3.35 mils, reallocate those dollars and address the safety, infrastructural and technological needs of the district.
Plans are to use 56 percent of the funds for technology upgrades, 42 percent for safety and facility upgrades and 2 percent for the bus fleet.
Concerning equipment life expectancy, Moss said the board is looking at equipment that is economical and efficient.
“There is no question that some of the stuff will become obsolete because technology changes every day,” he said. “We are going to take our time to see what we are going to go forward with, so we can have a long-term investment.”
The board of education is looking to borrow the sum of, but not to exceed, $3,840,000, and the estimated millage will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2011.
The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is seven years.
Additional issues on the ballot include two school board seats.
The only two people to have filed petitions to run are sitting member Bea Reinhardt and newcomer Lisa Schrock. Barring successful write-in challenges, both Reinhardt and Schrock will be elected to the board.
“We just started getting the word out to organizations,” Moss said, regarding the ballot issues. “We talked to Team Boyne about a week ago, and we talked about it at the board of education meeting.”
Boyne City voters can cast their ballots beginning at 7 a.m. on May 3, at City Hall.
Those living outside the city should call the Charlevoix County Clerk’s office at (231) 547-7200 to find their polling location.