Mesick Schools Hope Third Times a Charm for Bond Proposal

Election Day is just under four weeks away and Mesick Consolidated Schools will have a bond proposal on the ballot.

It would cost the owner of a $200,000 home just under $500 a year.

The district first proposed the bond in May 2017.

It failed to pass in 2017 and in 2018.

The Mesick superintendent is hoping a third time is the charm but some parents are skeptical.

“The bond proposal is our third attempt to pass, the second time we failed by 10 votes,” said superintendent of Mesick Consolidated Schools, Scott Akom.

If passed, the bond would allow elementary school students to move into a new wing at the high school.

“So our kindergarten classrooms in the elementary building they are starting to sink, floors are uneven, it’s dated, our lockers are rusty. Things need to be replaced,” said Akom.

The 13.7 million bond proposal would include more classroom technology and safety upgrades with more security cameras and secure entry.

Nicole Ball is a Mesick Consolidated Schools alumna that wants her children to have a better learning environment.

“We need the security because we live in a world right now where we never know what’s going to happen and we have to be able to safeguard our kids. We really just want to be in an updated building where we don’t have to worry about it falling apart every year and have to fix something every time a new season turns,” says Ball.

The proposal is also met by hesitation by one parent.

“I am not totally against it. My biggest concern is that the bond is so confusing and it’s hard to understand for the people. With this bond and a large amount of money that they’re asking for, I would like to see where the money that they already have is going toward.”

Akom says the district would have a new look with the upgrade.

“The district would obviously look at different avenues to try to repair the things that need to be repaired right now. Make sure our buildings are safe for sour kids to be in.”

Mesick Community Roots is holding an event Thursday at 6 pm at Ellen’s Corner to inform voters about the proposal.