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Frequently Asked Questions about the May 2, 2017 School Bond Election

When is the election?
Tuesday, May 2, 2017. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Absentee ballots will be available after March 25th.

Why is this bond election necessary?
The primary purpose of the bond election is to construct and renovate school facilities, and to eliminate unnecessary expenditures for maintenance and energy costs related to school facilities that are no longer needed.

Many instructional spaces in our schools will be strategically redesigned to accommodate new and emerging educational methodology, and to enhance the learning environment for all students.

If approved by voters, the bond proposal will "right-size" the school district for this generation and the next. It will also enhance student safety and security, provide necessary instructional technology, upgrade technology infrastructure, and fund the purchase of school buses when they reach the end of their useful life. It will assure our facilities operate efficiently, that they match current and projected student enrollment, and that they are on par with neighboring school districts.

The bond proposal on the May ballot is an outgrowth of the school district's strategic planning process, and will affect every Center Line student and every Center Line school.

The bond projects fall into seven basic categories:

  1. Construction of a new elementary and early childhood school to house current Peck Elementary students and youngsters in the Early Childhood Center (ECC) program. This school would be located behind Center Line High School.
  2. Construction of a new athletic/community complex on the high school site (including a track, football field, spectator stands, and a concession stand).
  3. Renovations at Center Line High School and Wolfe Middle School (including roof repairs, installation of new technology, and upgrades to the CLHS auditorium and pool).
  4. Renovations and new construction at the Early Childhood Center (Ladd Elementary). Roose students will be relocated to the "new Roose" school in 2021.
  5. Roof replacements and other improvements at Peck Elementary. When completed, this school will be used to house the Homeschool Partnership and Academy 21 students beginning in 2023.
  6. In 2023, Crothers will be renovated and a new cafeteria and gym will be added to the existing building.
  7. Bond revenue will be used to replace school buses as they reach the end of their useful life.

If approved by voters, the bond proposal will positively impact current students and future generations.

How will the bond proposal benefit students and the community?
The bond proposal will benefit students and the community in several ways, including...

  • improving learning opportunities at all schools for all students
  • upgrading school facilities and improving learning environments
  • attracting new families to our community
  • enhancing residential property values by having up-to-date school facilities
  • reducing energy costs by eliminating school facilities that are no longer needed
  • relocating central office to save costs
  • assuring that school facilities are upgraded, renovated, and kept in good repair.

All bond proposal projects are designed to reflect positively on homeowner property values and the community's "small town-good schools" reputation.

What will the bond proposal cost?
If voters approve the bond proposal, the current tax rate will increase by 5.1 mills. Taxes will increase $245 per year (about $5 per week) for a person living in a $100,000 home. Some people will pay slightly more; most will pay less.

What's included in the bond proposal?
If approved by voters on May 2, the following projects will be completed at each school:

Center Line High School

  • Hazardous material abatement
  • Replace inefficient lighting
  • Add automatic lighting controls in classrooms
  • Add additional exit and emergency lighting
  • Upgrade technology infrastructure (wiring, wireless access points)
  • Interactive technology for every classroom
  • Relocate school district's main instructional technology room
  • Partial roof replacement
  • Add video surveillance security system
  • Replace classroom and corridor acoustical ceilings
  • Remodel classroom area to accommodate central office
  • Remodel rest rooms
  • Remodel and expand smaller classrooms
  • Construct student collaboration space in courtyard
  • Upgrade corridor fire separation walls
  • Upgrade auditorium seating, lighting and sound
  • Remodel cafeteria
  • Add de-humidification system in pool area
  • Deepen pool
  • Replace selected areas of asphalt parking lot
  • Purchase technology equipment
  • Replace office furnishings


Wolfe Middle School

  • Hazardous material abatement
  • Replace classroom and corridor lighting
  • Add automatic lighting controls in classrooms
  • Upgrade and expand fire alarm system
  • Add additional exit and emergency lighting
  • Upgrade technology infrastructure (wiring, wireless access points)
  • Interactive technology for every classroom
  • Correct moisture infiltration at west wall
  • Partial roof replacement
  • Add video surveillance security system
  • Replace classroom and corridor acoustical ceilings
  • Replace classroom carpet in select areas
  • Remodel gymnasium
  • Remodel locker rooms
  • Remodel restrooms
  • Replace concrete access drive at service entry
  • Purchase technology equipment


Crothers Elementary

  • Replace classroom and corridor doors and hardware
  • Construct new gymnasium
  • Construct new cafeteria and kitchen
  • Hazardous material abatement
  • Upgrade electrical panels and service
  • Replace corridor lighting
  • Add automatic lighting controls in classrooms/activity areas
  • Replace classroom/activity area lighting
  • Upgrade and expand fire alarm system
  • Add exit and emergency lighting
  • Upgrade technology infrastructure (wiring, wireless access points)
  • Interactive technology for every classroom
  • Install video surveillance security system
  • Improve exterior facade
  • Remodel classrooms and activity areas
  • Replace classroom and activity area flooring
  • Remodel corridors
  • Remodel existing cafeteria into media center and classroom
  • Replace classroom casework
  • Replace corridor glazing with safety glazing
  • Construct public restrooms
  • Remodel classroom and staff restrooms
  • Replace drinking fountains with ADA compliant fixtures
  • Replace isolation valves and galvanized piping
  • Replace classroom unit ventilators
  • Replace HVAC in student activity areas
  • Replace restroom exhaust fans
  • Upgrade and integrate temperature control system
  • Replace corridor cabinet unit heaters
  • Install fire suppression system in existing building
  • Restore site at building addition
  • Extend utilities for new additions
  • Construct new parking area
  • Replace/add concrete walks around building
  • Upgrade technology equipment
  • Add classroom/building furnishings
  • Purchase and install new kitchen equipment


New Elementary School

  • Construct new school
  • Install technology infrastructure (wiring, wireless access points)
  • Interactive technology for every classroom
  • Install video surveillance system
  • Relocate/add playground equipment
  • Purchase technology equipment
  • Purchase/install building furnishings
  • Install kitchen equipment


Peck Elementary School

  • Abate hazardous material
  • Add parking lot and perimeter building lighting
  • Add video surveillance system
  • Replace roofing
  • Replace exterior doors
  • Remove in-wall café tables
  • Replace ceiling tile in select areas
  • Replace carpeting
  • Remodel classroom and staff restrooms
  • Remodel public restrooms
  • Modify entry/office to secure building access
  • Replace deteriorated sidewalks
  • Eliminate steps at exterior classroom doors

Roose Elementary School

  • Abate hazardous material
  • Sell existing building and property


Early Childhood Center

  • Install ADA compatible room signage
  • Replace classroom/corridor doors and hardware
  • Construct new gymnasium
  • Construct new cafeteria and kitchen
  • Abate hazardous material
  • Replace building perimeter lighting
  • Upgrade fire alarm system
  • Provide additional emergency lighting
  • Upgrade technology infrastructure (wiring, wireless access points)
  • Interactive technology for every classroom
  • Add video surveillance security system
  • Replace roofing
  • Replace entry and corridor egress doors
  • Replace exterior doors
  • Replace exterior installation finishing system at windows
  • Replace perimeter soffit and fascia
  • Replace classroom millwork
  • Remodel/construct new public restrooms
  • Remodel classroom restrooms
  • Modify entry/office to secure building access
  • Remodel corridors
  • Remodel existing cafeteria into media center and classroom
  • Replace classroom unit ventilators
  • Upgrade and integrate temperature control system
  • Replace corridor cabinet unit heaters
  • Restore site after new addition
  • Extend utilities for new additions
  • Construct new parking area
  • Replace/add concrete walks around building
  • Expand parking lot
  • Upgrade technology equipment
  • Add classroom/building furnishings
  • Purchase and install new kitchen equipment


High School Athletic Facilities

  • New stadium lighting
  • New bleachers at athletic field
  • New, safe synthetic turf athletic field
  • Construct new running track
  • Construct new building to house concession, restrooms, and team room at athletic field
  • Reconstruct tennis courts


Administration Building

  • Decommission and raze current building
  • Relocate Central Office to CLHS


Why will bond revenue be used to replace buses?
All leased school buses will be replaced with purchased buses. CLPS buses have an average age of 10 years. The reliability of school buses and annual maintenance costs both become increasingly significant and make their replacement appropriate after they have been on the road for 12 years.

CLPS currently leases eight buses that will need to be replaced in August 2019.

Using bond revenue to purchase buses means that CLPS can maintain the safety and efficiency of the bus fleet without draining dollars from the instructional program.


What will happen if voters do not approve the bond proposal?
The proposed bond projects cannot be addressed because the general fund cannot support them.

Why is this bond proposal so comprehensive?
On two previous occasions the school district has asked voters to approve bond proposals. Both were narrowly defeated. This proposal has been developed following voter input and a series of focus panels. The needs that were identified in the past continue to deserve attention. The comprehensiveness of the May 2 bond proposal indicates how much has to be done to assure that the Center Line Public School District can address the learning needs of students well into the 21st Century.


What is the schedule for bond proposal projects?
There will be three series of projects. The first will begin as soon as voters approve the bond proposal. The priority will be to construct a new elementary school which will be ready for occupancy in 2019. During the first series, the athletic complex will be completed and renovations will occur at CLHS and Wolfe Middle School.

The second series will begin in 2020 as the district continues to levy a previous bond that will expire. The Early Childhood Center (aka Ladd Elementary) will be renovated and a new addition will be constructed. Occupancy is expected in 2021. When this facility is complete, it will become Roose Elementary and students at the current Roose Elementary School will move into the essentially new facility.

Series 3 will begin in 2023 when another bond expires and the district continues to levy the bond. The primary focus of series three will be major renovations at Peck Elementary (which will house the Homeschool Partnership and Academy 21 students when completed) and at Crothers Elementary School.


Will all bond proposal revenue stay in the Center Line School District?
Yes. All revenue from the bond proposal will stay in the Center Line School District. None of the revenue will go to Lansing or to any other school district or political entity. The bond funds can only be used for bond proposal projects and cannot be used for salaries.


If the bond proposal is approved by voters, will property values be affected?
Real estate values tend to be higher in communities with school districts that offer a quality education program and have up-to-date school facilities. Property values tend to be lower in communities that do not offer an adequate curriculum or that have schools that are out-of-date and poorly maintained. Remodeling and upgrading school buildings and facilities will protect the community's investment in the school district. All bond proposal projects are designed to reflect positively on homeowner property values and the community's enviable "small, tight-knit" reputation.


What does it mean to "right-size"?
Right sizing means operating the right number of school buildings for the current and projected size (student population) of our school district. (If you will, CLPS is currently wrong sized to serve its current and projected student population.)

Student enrollment has declined. As a result, the CLPS has more facilities than needed. Every year, operating these facilities requires unavoidable maintenance and energy expenditures that could be better used for educational programming. Incidentally, declining enrollment is not unique to the CLPS. Student enrollment has declined across Macomb County and almost all of Michigan for the past decade.


Why is Central Office being moved to Center Line High School?
Central Office will be relocated to reduce costs and make more efficient use of school district facilities.


What will happen to the current central office building?
The facility will be razed and the property will become part of the planned athletic complex.

What are the approximate savings that will result from closing the central office building?
The recurring annual savings from closing the central office building will be approximately $135,000. These dollars can be redeployed to preserve and improve educational programs for all CLPS students. In addition, the school district will avoid significant costs related to deferred maintenance on the building.


What are the student enrollment projections for the next five years?
The school district's enrollment is projected to grow more than 10% over the next five years. The bond proposal will accommodate the resulting increase in student enrollment will justify right sizing the school district.


Will musical instruments be included in the bond revenue?
No. Because musical instruments are used for both instructional and co-curricular purposes, they require periodic replacement due to normal wear and tear. The school district plans to replenish musical instruments and equipment in grades K-12 through the general fund.

If the bond is approved, what will be the grade configuration?
The current grade configuration will not change. There will be one high school to serve all students in grades 9-12, and one middle school to serve all students in grades 6-8. The elementary school configuration will not change.

Why is the election in May?
A May election will allow the school district to begin some projects during the summer months when students are not in school.

What is a bond proposal?
A bond is a state-approved funding process that specifies a set scope of projects. When voters approve a bond, the money specified in the bond proposal is borrowed and the school district makes payments over a period of years, much like a homeowner pays a mortgage. Bonds are usually issued for 20-30 years. If voters approve the May 2 bond proposal, the Center Line School District's bonds will be issued for 20 years.

Bonds can be used for long-term assets:

  • Constructing new school buildings
  • Constructing additions to existing school buildings
  • Remodeling existing school buildings
  • Energy conservation improvements
  • Land purchases
  • Site development and improvements
  • Athletic and physical education facility development and improvements
  • Playground development and improvements
  • Refunding debt (if new present value savings can be demonstrated)
  • Direct bond program costs such as professional fees, election fees, issuance costs, qualification fees, insurance fees, final audit costs
  • School bus purchases
  • Loose furnishings and equipment purchasing
  • Technology purchases limited to hardware and communication devices that transmit, receive or compute information for pupil instructional purposes only. The initial purchase of operating system and customized application software is allowed if purchased with the initial hardware.

Bonds cannot be used for...

  • Salaries, supplies, service contracts, lease payments, installment contracts
  • Repairs, maintenance, or maintenance agreements
  • Purchasing automobiles, trucks, or vans
  • Portable classrooms purchased for temporary use
  • Uniforms
  • Textbooks
  • Upgrades to an existing computer operating system or application software
  • Computer training, computer consulting, or computer maintenance contracts.


Can any of the bond proposal funds be used for employee salaries or operating expenses?
No. Bond proposal funds cannot be used for staff wages, salaries, or operational costs. They also cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs or other operating expenses. Bond proposal funds must be used only for purposes specified in the ballot language, and, as required by State law, they must be audited.


What technology is included in the bond proposal?
All technology upgrades included in the bond proposal are designed to support classroom instruction and enhance the learning environment. Each classroom will receive interactive ("smart") features and improved audio to enhance the presentation of class material presentation and student collaboration. Student access to computing devices will be increased in each building. Network capacity will be expanded as appropriate.

Because technology changes rapidly and there is a continuing need to maintain and upgrade instructional equipment, a primary focus of the bond proposal is to establish and implement a process that assures consistent and current technology is available in every classroom. The school district plans to upgrade and replace instructional technology equipment as needed.


Who can vote in this bond proposal election?
Residents of the Center Line School District who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, and are registered to vote by April 3, 2017.

Where can I get information about voting (such as how to register, where to vote, and absentee voting?
Go to the Michigan Voter Information website (webapps.sos.state.mi.us) or call the Clerk's Office where you reside.

Do I need to update my voter registration?
You need to update your voter registration if you have changed your name or address since the last time you voted. You can do this at any Secretary of State Office or at the Clerk's Office where you reside.

Can I vote by absentee ballot?
Registered voters can vote by absentee ballot if they meet one of the following:

1. They expect to be out of town on Election Day;
2. They are 60 years of age or older;
3. They are unable to vote without assistance at the polls; or,
4. They cannot attend the polls due to religious reasons.

Absentee ballots will be available to voters after March 25. The Clerk will mail absentee ballot applications to residents on the permanent absentee voter list before or shortly after March 25. After March 25, voters can complete their absentee ballot application and vote in one stop at their Clerk's Office. The whole process takes less than five minutes.


Get more information about the bond election and answers to your questions...

  • Go to www.clps.org and click on School Election Information.
  • Call any Center Line school principal.
  • Call Superintendent of Schools Eve Kaltz at 586/510-2001 or by sending an email to her at kaltze@clps.org.