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TCAPS Millage Voted Down, District Looking for Ways to Move Forward With Necessary Building Repairs

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How much money do you put into a facility to keep it running? It's a question Traverse City Area Public Schools is asking after a failed millage request. TCAPS says 40 years ago, they were forced to shut down Central Grade School's third floor because they didn't have funds to repair it; now, they fear history is repeating itself at several other areas schools in need of repair.

Another item on the district's wish list was a more than $20 million auditorium. They say the facility they use now at Traverse City Central High School is falling apart, and not near big enough. Those who spoke out against the increase before the vote tell us the auditorium wasn't necessary, and too extravagant.

The district says it's grateful for yesterday's voter turnout and the support the community has offered up, but the question of how this work will get done is yet to be answered.

Reporting in Traverse City, Sara Simnitch and Photojournalist, Jeremy Erickson.