School Bond Informational Meetings Set
East Lansing Public Schools’ administration has scheduled three public meetings to discuss the upcoming bond election scheduled for May 2.
The meetings will take place:
· February 27, starting at 9:00 a.m., at Marble Elementary
· March 15, starting at 7:00 p.m., at Pinecrest Elementary
· April 11, starting at 4:00 p.m., at Donley Elementary
Acting Schools Superintendent Dori Leyko says the District is hoping to attract as many homeowners as possible by using a variety of times and locations for the meetings.
Earlier this month, the District sent out a fact sheet about the bond proposal, available here. Paper copies are available at the East Lansing City Hall, Hannah Community Center, East Lansing Public Library and all EL elementary schools.
On Feb. 28, they plan to mail additional information to all homeowners in the City of East Lansing, says Leyko. District representatives are also making presentations to various civic groups over the next few months, including League of Women Voters, Kiwanis Club and the Lansing Chamber of Commerce.
According to Michigan’s campaign laws, the school district’s administration is limited to promoting factual information about the bond proposal only, and is not allowed to advocate for or against the proposal.
In the meantime, a Yes for Excellent Schools group has been formed, primarily by the members of the original Community Bond Committee. This group, headed by Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing, is working on a publicity campaign in favor of the bond.
In response, a Vote NO on ELPS Bond 2017 group has created a Facebook page to oppose the bond.
The bond proposal asks voters to approve not more than $94 million to reconstruct the five elementary schools currently open, and to renovate the now-closed Red Cedar Elementary. All schools would be rebuilt on their existing sites and include improved interior and exterior spaces and enhanced security. While the exact timeline has not yet been released, the District plans to renovate Red Cedar first in order to house students while their school is under construction. All work is expected to begin this fall.
Construction would be completed in fall 2021, at which time Red Cedar would house the District’s early childhood education and seven elementary classrooms.
The bond would increase the cost of property taxes on a $100,000 market value home by $7.50 per month.