NORWAY, Mich. (WLUC) - Norway-Vulcan Area Schools hopes the community passes a sinking fund millage in the March election.
Norway-Vulcan Area Schools sign (WLUC Photo)
"Sinking fund millage is a way for school districts to raise money, for us over a 10-year period,” said the Norway-Vulcan Area Schools superintendent, Lou Steigerwald.
Every dollar from this millage will go to improving the school's building and grounds.
"Things get worn out, this building is coming on 30 years, and so there's some things that need to be replaced,” said Steigerwald.
This also means many much-needed changes, such as improving the security system and replacing flooring.
"A major concern is our heating system. You know the efficiency is very low compared to new high efficiency boilers, so I think with that we can save a lot of money,” said the Norway-Vulcan Area Schools Facility Manager, Chuck Pellegrini.
Adding a thermostat system will help teachers foster a learning environment, and keep the students warm at a lower cost to the taxpayers.
"We have problems with the heating in the classrooms, a lot of times, we'll get complaints, it's cold, it's hot, and the kids will be more comfortable,” said Pellegrini.
The superintendent emphasized that the millage will not raise current taxes.
"Which means we'll issue a lot lower millage for the first four or five years, when some of our current bonds are finally paid for, then we'll bring in a little more money, but taxes will go down,” said Steigerwald.
The millage will generate an estimated $526,517 annually. This sinking fund millage proposal will be on the March 10 primary ballot.