Secure Open Classrooms: It’s in the Bond

As you may have heard, one of the super important facets of the 2022 LCS School Improvement Bond is funding to close open classrooms at Schickler Elementary. This has been a goal of the District for many years, and this bond presents a great opportunity to complete this critical project.

What’s an open classroom? Take a look at the video below. These classrooms, located in the west wing of the building, cannot be secured without significant investment.

If the bond were to pass, $1 million would be allocated to renovate these rooms into traditional and secure classrooms spaces. This is in addition to more than $1 million earmarked for safety and security in other facilities in the District (door locks, barricades, etc.).

Because 75-80 percent of the District’s general fund goes to personnel costs annually, major projects like those addressed in this school improvement bond proposal cannot be completed without an infusion of funding.

We have begun the process of raising the standard of safety and security in our schools, but much more needs to be done.

The current debt of the district is set to expire in 2037. If the proposed bond passes on November 8, the debt would be retired in 2045.

If you have any questions on this project or any other project related to the Zero-Tax-Increase School Improvement Bond, contact me at Jared.Field@LapeerSchools.org.

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