Munising Schools bond proposal would repair facilities

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MUNISING, Mich. (WLUC) - Residents of munising will be voting on a bond issue from Munising Public Schools. The money they are asking for is primarily to repair the roofs of both schools. They also intend to upgrade their lighting, heating and cooling systems.

Voters turned down the last bond issue proposed by the Munising School District in May 2016. After asking the community for input, the district re-worked their proposal for the November 7, 2017 election. The new proposal still replaces the expired bond, but will now upgrade and repair their facilities without building an addition.

"The original millage on this facility expired in May of 2016, that was voted in by our district tax payers in 1978," Munising School District Superintendent Pete Kelto said.

The new bond asks voters for 2.29 mills, replacing the old 3.34 mills that expired last year. The district estimates it will cost about $6 per household, per month.

"The bond proposal will raise a little more than $7,000,000, and that bond proposal will last for about 25 years which the things that we are doing with the bond proposal will last that long," Kelto said.

The school intends to upgrade some of their technology, including school wide Wi-Fi, and computers, but the main reason for the money is to repair the roof of their facilities, and the HVAC equipment of the Middle/High School building.

"The mechanical upgrades in this bond proposal are the roof top units which are 38 years old, which are in dire need of a replacement," Kelto said. "The new rooftop units will be much more energy efficient than what we have right now and should carry us forward for the next 20 to 30 years."

They also plan to install modern lighting in both schools, and additional security features at the Elementary School. Replacing the lighting in both schools with LED lights will save the district thousands per year.

"We estimate that it will save us about $50,000 a year in electrical costs," Kelto said. "School buildings are no different than houses, after a certain amount of time there are just things that need to be done, we want to provide a safe, warm and dry facility for our students and that's really what this bond proposal is about.

The next public meeting will be in the Middle/High School cafeteria October 19th at 7:00pm.

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