By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Published May 6, 2019 — 4:45 p.m.
The Huron community will have the chance to vote Tuesday on a bond proposal that, if passed, would allow the Huron School District to make facility improvements — including safety and security at district buildings — and upgrade heating and electricity.
The bond, according to the district, would generate $49,075,000 without increasing the tax rate or mill rate from the previous year’s levy.
It would maintain the current school debt millage rate of 7.0 mills, according to the district.
Donovan Rowe, superintendent of Huron Schools, said that bond funding would allow the district to maintain quality programs and facilities in order to attract and retain students.
“The bond issue process began last year during our push to create a new strategic plan. Over the 2017-2018 school year, the Huron School District interacted with 28 different community and school groups in order to gather information and to develop a solid plan for the future. Based on this plan, it was clear that student safety, student growth, and quality facilities were important to our community,” Rowe said in a letter to the community.
He added: “As a result, the District formed a bond committee in order to explore facility needs and assess the need for a bond issue. This committee consisted of parents, community members, and employees from the school district. The committee met this school year, and at the same time, the District engaged experts to provide a facility needs assessment and student growth assessment. This information led to the creation of a comprehensive list of needs for our school district and for our school buildings. In order to address these needs and raise the necessary funds for the projects, the school district has proposed the bond issue.”
The district launched an informative website that explains where bond funding will be used, a complete list of all building and facility improvements, and a timeline.
Visit the website here: huronschools.org/2019_bond_proposal
Polls on Tuesday are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you are in line by 8 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.
If you are voting absentee ballot, they have to be turned in to the clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on election day to be counted.
Huron Township voting precinct information:
Miller Elementary Library (Park in the rear parking lot, follow voting signs)
18955 Hannan Rd
Huron Township Senior Center (Park in the rear parking lot, follow voting signs)
28245 Mineral Springs Rd
Precinct 3 (Huron School District only)
2773 Will Carleton Rd
Precinct 4 and 5
Huron High School Auxiliary Gym (Park in the lot between High School and Junior High, follow voting signs)
32044 W Huron River Dr
View The Huron Hub’s coverage of the bond proposal:
Superintendent explains ballot language in the Huron Schools bond proposal
Letter to the editor: ‘VOTE YES!’ on the Huron Schools bond proposal
Letter to the editor: Support the Huron Schools bond proposal on May 7
Public safety director, township supervisor: Huron Schools bond proposal will make schools safer