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Voters pass Farmington school bond

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published May 5, 2015

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Voters in the Farmington Public Schools district took to the polls May 5 to decide a $131.5 million, two-series bond proposal, with the measure passing by 58.38 percent, according to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division.

“We are very grateful and very pleased they (the community) supported us with the volume of the ‘yes’ votes we got,” FPS Superintendent George Heitsch said after the polls closed.

There were 22,220 votes cast in all: 12,972 or 58.38 percent, in favor, and 9,248, or 41.62 percent, against, according to the unofficial results.
Heitsch said the turnout was a “large number” for the district, with typical school bond elections receiving about 15,000 votes.

He added that state road Proposal 1 probably helped increase the voting numbers.

The bond will allow the school district to address facility improvements such as technology in the classroom, and updates and improvements in security, as well as to purchase 20 buses.

The district will also look at providing secured vestibules and integrating the existing camera systems and buzzers. Upgrading the district’s mechanical and electrical technology is also included.

The first bond series would be spent on buildings that are being utilized to the fullest extent, and the second round would go toward central office, transportation and maintenance projects, among other things.

The 20-year bond will cost the owner of a $200,000 home roughly $120 per year through an average 1.2-mill levy.

The bond proposal comes after voters shot down bond issues in November 2014 and August 2013.

Heitsch said the district was “optimistic” with the bond proposal outcome.

“The community understood our needs,” he said. “People understood we were asking for only very critical needs in the district.”

For more about the proposal,  call (248) 489-3349 or  visit www.farmington.k12.mi.us.

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