Roseville High School will see a number of improvements thanks to a bond measure approved by voters in May. This will include resources such as new band instruments, new technology and a new athletic field.

Roseville High School will see a number of improvements thanks to a bond measure approved by voters in May. This will include resources such as new band instruments, new technology and a new athletic field.

Photo by Brendan Losinski

Roseville schools begin to see new resources made possible by bond

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 11, 2018


ROSEVILLE — On May 8, 2018, voters approved a bond proposal to help fund school improvements. With classes resuming for the new semester, the changes made possible by the bond are becoming a reality. 

The $59.4 million, 26-year bond will levy 2.5 mills in 2018, a mill being equal to $1 per $1,000 of a home’s taxable value. For instance, a resident with a home with a taxable value of $45,000 will pay approximately $112. According to the school district, if property values remain stable in coming years, the millage will remain at 2.5 mills. In all, 2,068 voters supported the bond proposal, and 1,698 voters opposed it.

“The bond is for $59.4 million, and it is a 26-year bond,” said Joe Genest, the district’s communications and marketing facilitator. “Part of this is ensuring that six or seven years from now, and six or seven years after that, we will be able to get new technology so it stays current.”

The money produced from the bond will provide for or maintain a number of assets for the district.

“The first, obvious thing is the overhaul of the technology infrastructure,” said Roseville High School Principal Patrick Adams. “It improves resources and interconnectivity for students, and sets the stage for providing devices for all of our students. … All of our wiring and network switches are being upgraded and changed. The district will be staggering the purchase of our technology so we aren’t stuck with outdated technology a few years down the line.”

Additionally, the district will be procuring new band instruments, which will be arriving at schools throughout the 2018-19 school year.

“The equipment we have is badly outdated,” said Roseville High School band teacher Dan Chesher. “Some of our equipment is being held together with zip ties and duct tape. We’ve needed to replace them for years.”

The other major addition will be a new athletic field at the high school.

“We also are putting artificial turf on the athletic field,” Adams said. “We are one of only three schools in the county without artificial turf. This will be an improvement for our physical education classes, football and soccer teams, our marching band and more. Mud and rain won’t be an issue anymore … and it will end up being more cost-efficient.”

School officials believe that installation of the new field will begin in April. It will be ready for the 2019-20 school year’s fall sports.

The other major purchase made possible by the bond was the addition of nine new buses. 

“This will mean more kids will be eligible for bus service,” said Adams. “Before, you had to live at least 2 miles away from the school; now, you only have to live 1 and a half miles away. It also means we are ensuring our buses are safe and up-to-date.”

School officials said that the approval of this bond shows the care that the community has for its students.

“Investing in things like band shows a commitment to students,” said Chesher. “It helps them become good citizens who work together, it grows problem-solving, and it lets them create something and then perform for the public.”

These improvements will be seen throughout the district’s different schools and facilities.

“Just like the high school, all levels will be getting new band instruments,” Genest said. “All of our schools will be getting new technology, added wireless and improved infrastructure. Once all the behind-the-scenes infrastructure is in place, we will be working on getting electronic devices for all of our students on a 1-to-1 basis. We’ve also ordered nine new buses for the district. Those should arrive by early November.”

Adams said the bond approval will be good for the students, which will in turn be good for the community as a whole.

“One of the important things a community should consider (in regard to) its ability to sustain itself is the state of its schools,” Adams said. “If you invest in schools and make them a place kids and families want to be, it improves the spirit of community and produces tangible results, like improving home values. It benefits everyone; it’s an investment.”