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Washtenaw County Voters To Decide Bond Issue For High Point School On Tuesday, August 6th

Aug 2, 2019

WISD superintendent Scott Menzel
Credit Washtenaw Intermediate School District / washtenawisd.org

High Point School in Ann Arbor serves the special needs of students with disabilities from all school districts in Washtenaw County.  It is operated by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District and serves students aged from three to 26.  Next Tuesday, voters will decide a bond issue that allow for investment of over $53 million in making the facility more accessible and functional.  WEMU’s David Fair sat down with WISD Superintendent Scott Menzel to learn more about the school, its students, and the details of what could be accomplished with passage of the ballot issue.


WASHTENAW INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT – 1 PROPOSAL BONDING PROPOSAL

Shall Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Fifty-Three Million Two Hundred Ninety-Five Thousand Dollars ($53,295,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor for the purpose of: erecting, furnishing and equipping a new High Point School as an addition to the pool and gymnasium portions of the existing building; remodeling, equipping and re-equipping and furnishing and refurnishing the pool and gymnasium portions of the existing building; purchasing and installing information technology systems equipment and software; and preparing, developing, improving and equipping playgrounds and the site? 

The following is for informational purposes only: The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2020 is .37 mill ($0.37 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).  The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is ten (10) years. 

The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is .37 mill ($0.37 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).  (Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries, or other operating expenses.)

Resources:

An Open House at High Point School will be held on Sunday, August 4th beginning at 12pm. It is free and open to the public. 

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