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Local School Proposals Pass In May 4 Election

Holt High School North Campus photo
Scott Pohl
The Holt High School North Campus would be transformed into an innovation center under the plan going before voters this week.

Election results are in regarding proposals for Holt, Okemos and Waverly school districts. According to unofficial results from Ingham and Eaton counties, all four proposals passed.

Holt Public Schools Bonding Proposal

Ingham County (11/11 precincts reported)

  • Yes: 2,622 votes (51%)
  • No: 2,497 votes (49%)

Eaton County (10/10 precincts reported)

  • Yes: 448 votes (49%)
  • No: 469 votes (51%)

Waverly Community Schools Bonding Proposal

Ingham County (2/2 precincts reported)

  • Yes: 268 votes (55%)
  • No: 223 votes (45%)

Eaton County (10/10 precincts reported)

  • Yes: 1,521 votes (63%)
  • No: 881 votes (37%)

Okemos Public Schools Operating Millage Renewal Proposal

Ingham County (14/14 precincts reported)

  • Yes: 3,644 votes (81%)
  • No: 842 votes (19%)

Okemos Public Schools Sinking Fund Millage Proposal

Ingham County (14/14 precincts reported)

  • Yes: 3,072 votes (69%)
  • No: 1,409 votes (31%)

- Amanda Barberena

Voters in several mid-Michigan school districts will consider funding proposals Tuesday.

A bonding proposal in Holt would allow the school district to borrow up to $148-million and issue general obligation bonds. Under the plan, Sycamore and Dimondale elementary schools would be reconstructed on their current sites, and other buildings would get technology upgrades and improvements to athletic fields and playgrounds. Hope Middle School, built in 1926, would be closed as a school building. The tax rate would go down by 1.77 mills from current levels.

The Waverly schools bond proposal would not increase current taxation levels. It would set in motion $125-million in borrowing to pay for larger capacity in elementary buildings, upgraded mechanical systems, and security improvements including cameras and door lock systems. Pool facilities at Waverly East would be renovated.

In Okemos, there are two proposals. The district is asking voters to renew 18 mills on homestead properties. Other properties like businesses would pay 19.8 mills. And the Okemos sinking fund proposal would continue for slightly less than one mill over ten years to finance building repairs, security improvements and technology upgrades. It would bring in $1.4-million a year for a decade.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

- Scott Pohl

Scott Pohl has maintained an on-call schedule reporting for WKAR following his retirement after 36 years on the air at the station.
Amanda Barberena helps write stories for online and books interviews for newscasts. The Michigan State University student started with WKAR in the Fall of 2017 during her freshman year.
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