CLPS conducts bond initiative survey

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published March 15, 2012


CENTER LINE/WARREN — Center Line Public Schools officials are conducting a survey regarding the district’s two bond initiatives that failed at the polls last month.

CLPS residents are asked to visit the district’s website at and click on the Center Line Public Schools post-election survey link. At press time, the link was on the website’s main page. Those who participate will answer several questions, including how they learned about the bond proposals and what, in their opinion, were the major objections to the bond.

School officials went out for a $45 million bond issue Aug. 2, 2011, which failed at the polls. After trimming the cost down by about $1 million, they came back with another bond initiative, which was broken down into two proposals. Proposal 1 was for $39.9 million and related to academics, technology and building updates. Proposal 2 for $3.8 million related to athletics. On Feb. 28, the voting majority turned down both bond proposals.

Had Proposal 1 passed, it would have included the demolition of the Early Childhood Center, and Roose, Peck and Miller elementary schools; the construction of a new elementary school building on the ECC site; a total renovation of Crothers Elementary School with an expansion; secure entrances at Wolfe Middle School and CLHS; some lighting and ceiling enhancements; and an updated technological infrastructure throughout the district. The goal was to house the ECC at Crothers if the bond initiative had passed.

If voters had approved Proposal 2, taxes would have been used to build a new community stadium behind CLHS, remodel the high school pool, remodel the gymnasium at Wolfe Middle School and renovate the boys’ locker room at Wolfe. The new high school stadium was to include new bleachers, a new track and a concessions area. Proposal 1 needed to pass in order for Proposal 2 to pass. Proposal 1 could have passed without the passing of Proposal 2.

The proposals would have been 30-year bonds. E. Gilbert and Son out of Macomb County would have served as the bond construction manager, and Partners in Architecture PLC in Mount Clemens would have been hired as the architectural company had voters approved the projects.