At the end of the auditorium construction, Chip Hendrick did a facility study and the Admin team met with Chip and added items they felt needed to be addressed.

A committee of community members and staff met to prioritize the facility study list.

Once the list was prioritized, the McBain Board of Education had to decide how to fund the items that were deemed as important. They decided that a bond proposal was the best option to accomplish this list.


Questions and Answers

When is the bond election?

May 8, 2018

Why do we need this bond?

School safety is the biggest concern that we have at McBain. This proposal would create a much safer environment for our students, staff, and visitors that attend our school. Additionally, a number of items that were installed in the bond of 1998 are becoming old and worn out and parts to fix these items are difficult to get.

What will a successful bond cost me as a taxpayer?

The bond is for 2.1 mills which would mean an increase of 210.00 per 100,000 of assessed value. That breaks down to about .59 per day.

How do McBain’s debt taxes compare with other local districts?

McBain currently has the lowest debt levy of any of the schools in the Wexford-Missaukee ISD. If the bond passes, McBain would still have the second lowest debt levy of any of the local districts, assuming Cadillac and Mesick pass their proposals.

Are there plans to accommodate future growth?

Yes, a successful bond proposal will add two classrooms to the elementary and will update and finish two unused classrooms in the high school.

If the bond passes, when would construction begin?

Construction would begin in June of 2019 since we would not have access to the bond proceeds until the fall of 2018, at the earliest.

How does this bond address our technology needs?

The bond would replace existing servers and switches that are currently operating past their expected life span. Additionally, the bond would allow us to continue the 1 to 1 program that’s currently in place that allows each student to have a Macbook or an Ipad depending on their age.

What if the bond does not pass?

Important security upgrades would not be installed, no additional rooms would be added to the school, the Board would need to look at cutting staff and/or programs to pay for new boilers, roof, etc, additional parking would not be added, the 1 to 1 computer program would be in danger of being eliminated.

Were other options considered to increase parking?

Yes, a committee of community members looked at various options and then took a survey to rank what they felt was the best choice to pursue. By an overwhelming margin, they felt that moving the baseball field to create more parking would permanently solve parking problems while some of the other options would not be a long-term solution.

Why has the district purchased 4 houses?

The district is essentially land-locked. There are protected wetlands to the north, M-66 to the south, and it’s not feasible to go east further. Therefore, the only option was to look west. Our enrollment has been increasing and is projected to continue increasing over the next 5 years.

How will children benefit from the proposal?

Keeping our students safe needs to be our number one concern. Creating secure entries that keep adults from entering the school without entering an office first would be a tremendous increase in safety. Adding door boots and window coverings would also create a safer environment. The bond proposal will allow us to continue the 1 to 1 computer program which has had a tremendously positive impact on our students’ achievement. Our elementary school has been recognized by the state for its outstanding achievement and our technology program is a big reason for that success. The high school has seen steady growth in achievement levels as well.

Will there be a need for future bond proposals?

This bond was created with a long-term vision and should sustain the district for many years. The community committee felt that we needed to have long-term goals with the proposal and they prioritized the list accordingly.

How long will it take to pay off the bond proposal?

This is a 24 year proposal. Therefore it would be paid off in 2042.

What would the total number of mills be if the bond passes?

Currently, we levy 1.95 mills and this proposal would add 2.10 mills for a total of 4.05 mills. After 6 years that rate begins to drop.

Would we be paying for school buses for the entire length of the bond?

No. State law makes it so that buses and technology be paid off within six years. Therefore, there are two series to the bond proposal. Series one is for 1.8 million dollars to continue the current technology/school bus bond, and the remaining 12.2 million would be for bond costs, architectural fees, construction management fees, legal fees, cash management fees, and new construction and upgrades.

Why hasn’t maintenance been done on many of these issues before now using a maintenance budget?

Two recent studies that the state paid to have done show that Michigan schools should be getting $9,700 per student to adequately educate children. Currently we receive $7,631 per student. As a result, districts have to decide if funds should go toward classrooms or other items such as maintenance. Additionally, many of the items in the bond are simply old and reaching the end of their expected lifespan.

Can the term of the bond proposal be shortened so that it is paid off sooner?

Yes. However, that would result in an increase in the amount of mills that are levied. The Board’s goal was to keep McBain Schools having one of the lowest millage rates of any school in the Wexford-Missaukee ISD.

Can I vote by absentee ballot?

Yes. Absentee ballots are available with the County Clerk.





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