Mancelona, MI

Opinion: Mancelona Public Schools $19.5 Million Bond Proposal

Kyle Schepperley

Mancelona Public Schools is asking our community to vote YES on August 2, to approve a $19.5 million bond proposal. If passed, this would allow the district to make many fundamentally important upgrades to their buildings, technology, and security.

The main priority of the bill is to give students modern, collaborative, learning environments, while at the same time enhancing their safety. All of this can be done without raising the cost of the current millage rate.

“If supported by voters, this expected millage-neutral bond would positively impact every student and school building, while also expanding programs and opportunities for the community,” according to MancelonaBond2022.com.

The safety and security of our students should be everyones main concern when sending their child to school. With all the horrible and tragic events that keep happening across the nation, securing the schools and protecting our students should be one of the communities highest priorities. Within the district, they would like to be able to create safe and secure entrances to each building that direct visitors to the main office rather than into the school's hallways. Installing classroom door security hardware is needed, along with updates to the fire alarm systems. Generators would also be purchased so that if there were ever severe power outages, the schools could be used as “crisis centers” for our community.

With the constant evolving of technology, modernizing each of the schools is a necessity. More electrical outlets need to be installed in classrooms so that computers and other devices can be used. Lockers that are decades old need to be replaced, along with the outdated flooring. Updates to the boiler system and heating controls are long overdue. And many of the classrooms need new desks, chairs, etc.

Improvements to the sporting facilities and parking lots are needed. The high school would like to build bathrooms and concession buildings for the softball and baseball fields. The entry into the football field needs work, along with many more projects.

By voting YES on Tuesday, August 2, you are helping build a stronger and safer school system for the upcoming generations. For more information visit MancelonaBond2022.com.

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