Crawford AuSauble School District Looking for Increase in School Bond Millage in May Election
The May election will be happening in a little over a month, and the Crawford AuSauble School District is looking for voters to approve a millage increase for their school bond.
Right now, their bond is at 3.54—they’re looking to increase it by .25 mills.
“It’s a slight increase, about $12.50 if you have a home taxable value of $50,000 per year,” said Superintendent Justin Gluesing.
There are a number of projects the school district wishes to accomplish, if the millage is passed.
“At the high school, we’re looking to address some issues in our auditorium just from wear and tear, but also end of life technologies with our lighting and sound system that we need to upgrade,” he said. “We’re looking to expand our robotics program at our high school and create a better, larger dedicated space for that group.”
At the elementary school, they’re looking to replace some worn countertops and install new playground equipment.
“We’re looking to repair a number of damaged countertops that have just had water infiltrate and expand crack and just create some damaged areas near our sinks and classrooms,” said Gluesing. “Also look at playground upgrades and improvements, as well as traffic flow at our elementary school with our bus loop, and looking to expand that and connect it to another entry point there.”
The biggest projects, however, will be at the middle school.
“We’re looking to do a number of things with the building, but also expanding to unify our campus,” said Gluesing. “Across the street, we own a number of lots and vacant property, and we’re looking to close on the last house that is on the area and connect, essentially this building to the larger campus.”
Gluesing said that would create a new bus and parent drop off/pick up area.
“That would allow our buses to stay single file along Chestnut Street and create a separate parent drop off and pick up area and new parking off of Spruce and Ottawa street,” he said.
Gluesing said the mornings and afternoons are already congested with traffic.
“We have traffic flows cross crossing one another,” he said. “This would allow us to separate those traffic files and create just a safer drop off and pick up area for students.”
The new drop off/pick up areas would introduce more space for the middle school to expand.
“We’re looking to do a expansion out toward those new drop off areas, which would allow us to expand our seating capacity in our cafeteria area for our students here, as well as create a new office complex and secure entry point for students and families,” Gluesing said.
Gluesing said these changes throughout the district are needed.
“It is an increase, but with the quarter mill, we hope we’ve put together a responsible ask for our community,” he said.
The election is on May 3.
You can view more details on the bond proposal here.