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August 3, 2011

Center Line Public Schools bond proposal fails

By a slim margin, Center Line Public Schools voters turned down a $45 million bond proposal at the polls Aug. 2.

According to the unofficial election results provided by the Macomb County Clerk, 1,580 residents, or 52.9 percent, voted aginst the millage, while the proposal received 1,408 yes votes, or 47.1 percent.

Of the district’s reported 14,340 registered voters, 3,083 turned out to vote, which was 21.5 percent.

Had it passed, the 30-year bond would have raised taxes to pay for a number of renovation projects and technological upgrades throughout the district, including the demolition of the Early Childhood Center to construct a new elementary school on the property, an addition and renovations at Crothers Elementary School to increase enrollment and the addition of six classrooms for early childhood use; the demolition of Peck, Roose and the now-closed Miller elementary schools; and the renovation of the Ellis Administration Building, including an upgraded technology infrastructure to support and facilitate district-wide technology improvements.

Updates also would have been scheduled for Center Line High School and Wolfe Middle School, including partial re-roofing, a bus and parent drop-off area, partial restroom and accessibility improvements, a new fire alarm, partial emergency and exiting lighting and classroom/corridor lighting improvements for safety and energy efficiency, and a new secure entrance area for safety and access control at both schools, and more.

A bond issue allows districts to sell bonds for building improvements. It is a separate funding source designed for specific projects used exclusively for capital improvements or the purchase of certain equipment. A bond issue, for instance, cannot be used for employee salaries, benefits or the day-to-day operations of a district.

School officials remained optimistic prior to Tuesday’s election. Superintendent Eve Kaltz said the upgrades would have put CLPS on an "equal playing field" with other districts.

The citizens group All About The Kids worked to get information about the bond out to the community before the election. A steering committee was assembled earlier in the school year to determine what renovations were considered high priority for a bond issue.