Town Halls, Website Added to Discuss and Gather Feedback on District Infrastructure Needs, Funding and Contingent Obligation – Press and Guide
Dearborn Public Schools added two additional town halls to present information and gather feedback on infrastructure needs in the district, how to pay for repairs and improvements, and whether residents would support a vote for a bond or other tax mileage. to meet these needs.
The two new dates are:
•May 4 at 3 p.m. at River Oaks Elementary School.
• May 6 at 10 am at Salina Middle School.
The first meeting was held last week at Edsel Ford High School. Residents can view the presentation used in the meeting at https://bit.ly/3ETewmc.
Residents can also fill out an online Google form to share what they see as the district’s top infrastructure needs and provide feedback on how the district should fund the work.
Meanwhile, to help residents better understand issues related to school facilities and funding, the district is launching a new facilities planning webpage (https://dearbornschools.org/facilities-planning/).
The slide presentation used at town hall meetings is already posted, and the district expects to add a wealth of other information soon, including reports to the school board and information shared with the citizens’ committee, called the vision for infrastructure and planning.
The information gathered during the survey and public meetings will be presented to the school board at its regular meeting on May 9 at 7 p.m.
On April 11, the Board of Education transformed its regular monthly meeting into a study session to discuss funding options and infrastructure needs in the district. A citizens’ committee recommended last month that the district raise a bond question on the November ballot to pay for infrastructure needs.
The board is also considering using a sinking fund, instead of a bond, to pay for the work. A sinking fund of 2 factories would generate a total of $87 million over 10 years, while one factory would generate approximately $43 million over that period. A bond issue asking residents to keep the current rate of 3.5 million to pay a 20-year bond would generate $200 million to make more extensive repairs.
A mill represents $1 of tax for every $1,000 of taxable value.
While the board wouldn’t have to formally vote until year-end to ask a question about bonds or sinking funds in the November ballot, district administrators asked for a ruling this spring. This would give Dearborn schools more time to clarify information about the district plan and present it to the public.