PHOTOS AND STORY BY CHRIS FAULKNOR, PUBLISHER
A random selection of Boyne area residents were asked how they feel about the Boyne City Public Schools $10.3 million bond proposal to pay for transportation, security, athletics, and educational improvements over the next decade.
Voters will decide on Tuesday May 5 whether to approve the 3.35 mills tax levy.
“I am concerned that we are spending out of control. The new city facilities have already pushed us into questionable financial stress.”
“There are many ways they could cut expenses but that will never happen; like some of the school buses running empty all day. You can’t drive anywhere without seeing a couple school buses during school hours. In my day, the bus took you to school and home at the end of the day. The drivers were the janitors, too. The Char-Em office is in the old Country Star building while there are empty rooms at the school.”
“I’m all for school improvement. Money spent for the betterment of our educational facilities is money well spent. Our kids will shape the future and they deserve the best.”
“It’s going to be a tough sell until new superintendent gets on board. The proposal needs more detail put out before voters can make an intelligent decision.”
“Well, my opinion is that unless there are things are falling apart, nothing can take the place of paraprofessional and programs like young fives. We need that before we need a playground. So, I would have to give it some thought on whether I would be in support of it I’m leaning towards ‘no.’”
“I’d need to do more research. But, in general, with raising any type of taxes, we need to look at cutting expenditures first.”
“At first glance, the bond renewal seems like a worthwhile investment for voters. However, I would like to see more information on how and where the money will be spent… I would like to see what percentage would be going towards updating and purchasing new technology for the district. While I feel that technology in our schools is important, I would like to see examples on how this new technology would and is being used in the classroom. I would also hope that some of this money would go to training teachers on how to use this technology in their classrooms.”
“It seems a little steep but I’m a strong supporter of doing what it takes to keep our children equipped with the proper equipment to keep the same and develop their education. The economy appears strong now so I suppose it’s the right time to evaluate. But, should the economy take a turn, it (the proposal) may become a hardship for the taxpayer.”
“I think the $10.3 million bond issue is important for the health of our schools and by extension the health of our community. In my mind, investing in our children’s education and educational facilities always makes good sense. It is, after all, the future of our community; an upward cycle of good things.”
“I think the new entrance is unnecessary because, as a parent with children in Boyne City, I feel the security system in place now is working. As for technology, maybe we should utilize and be comfortable with what we have before we upgrade.”