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Washtenaw Intermediate School District Bond Issue Wins Voter Approval


With under 10-percent turnout, voters in Washtenaw County approved a $53.2-million-dollar bond issue to overhaul High Point School in Ann Arbor.  As 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair reports, the money will dramatically change the configuration on the school that serves special needs students from all school districts in the county.


When the school was first constructed in 1975, it was considered state-of-the-art.  But, over the years, accessibility for those in wheelchairs and space design for educators became a growing concern.

The bond sale will result in a 0.37-mill annual tax increase for a period of ten years.  The project also will fund demolition of part of the building and the construction of new classrooms with up to date furnishings and technology.  It will provide special subject rooms and space for physical and occupational therapy.

There will also be renovations to the existing gymnasium and pool.  About 14 of the newly constructed classrooms will be used by the non-profit Honey Creek Community School, which is also housed in the building.

Demolition on the existing building could begin as early as the first quarter of 2020 with construction to potentially begin in Spring with a target of having the new building open for the start of classes in fall 2021. 

Voters in the Whitmore Lake School District and Chelsea Library District also approved the tax questions before them on Tuesday.

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at

Nearly three-quarters of David Fair’s 20+ years in radio has been at WEMU. Since 1994, he has been on the air at 5am each weekday on 89.1 FM as the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition. Over the years, Fair has had the opportunity to interview nationally and internationally known politicians, activists and celebrities. But he feels the most important features and interviews have been with those who live and work here at home. He believes his professional passions and desires fit perfectly into WEMU’s commitment to serving a local audience.
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