School Districts Need Bond Funds to Maintain Facilities; Here are Numerous Examples

We have gone to great lengths to point out the fact that school improvement bonds, like the one we are proposing on November 8, are vital to our ability to maintain the facilities we have in the District.

This is true for school districts across the state. It is how major projects get done, because school districts do not have the means to pay for major projects out of the general fund (since the vast majority of the general fund is reserved for personnel costs).

In Lapeer, we haven’t passed a school improvement bond since 2007. The vast majority of the funds from that bond went to the construction/renovation of our two middle schools (Zemmer and Rolland-Warner) which remain as our two best buildings.

Below, you can see examples of bonds that have passed in our region since 2000. There are large districts, small districts and everything in between.

The takeaway is pretty straightforward: school districts require school improvement bonds to improve schools.

Passed School Bonds in our Region Since 2000

DistrictDate(s)Total Funds
Almont Community SchoolsSeptember 2002$22 Million
Atherton Community SchoolsSeptember 2001
August 2020
$20 Million
Beecher Community School DistrictFebruary 2007$3 Million
Bendle Public SchoolsNovember 2005$15 Million
Bentley Community SchoolsJune 2004
May 2006
August 2014
May 2020
$13 Million
Brandon School DistrictMay 2006
November 2021
$99 Million
Clarkston Community School DistrictJune 2003
August 2016
$159 Million
Clio Area SchoolsMay 2020$40 Million
Davison Community SchoolsFeb. 2013
March 2020
$83 Million
Dryden Community SchoolsSeptember 2002$6 Million
Fenton Area Public SchoolsMay 2014
May 2006
$35 Million
Flushing Community SchoolsNovember 2017
June 2003
$43 Million
Goodrich Area SchoolsJune 2000
February 2011
August 2020
$62 Million
Grand Blanc Community SchoolsMarch 2004
November 2015
May 2020
$213 Million
Holly Area School DistrictJune 2003
May 2006
November 2018
May 2022
$178 Million
Imlay City SchoolsApril 2003
November 2019
$44 Million
Kearsley Community SchoolsMay 2022$21 Million
Lake Fenton Community SchoolsMarch 2022
November 2017
$42 Million
Lake Orion Community SchoolsNovember 2018
March 2002
March 2000
$260 Million
Lakeville Community SchoolsMarch 2000
August 2012
November 2019
$27 Million
Linden Community SchoolsNovember 2020
September 2003
$90 Million
Montrose Community SchoolsFebruary 2011$14 Million
Mt. Morris Consolidated SchoolsMay 2020$11 Million
North Branch Area SchoolsSeptember 2005$39 Million
Oxford Area Community SchoolsSeptember 2001
November 2009
November 2017
$122 Million
Swartz Creek Community SchoolsNovember 2018$48 Million
Waterford School DistrictAugust 2020
March 2016
June 2003
$350 Million

The above bond data was taken from State Qualified School Bond Election Results data from the Michigan Department of Treasury.

For more information the LCS 2022 Zero-Tax-Increase School Improvement Bond, e-mail Jared Field, LCS Director of Communications, at jared.field@lapeerschools.org.

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