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2019 2019 Bond/BSSF Projects

Bond & Building Site Sinking Fund Proposal

Construction Update

The new school year has brought a new look to Lakeland and Milford High Schools. Each school saw new upgraded safe and secure entryways and front offices. Lakeland and the International Academy-West (IA) entryways are both complete while the work at Milford is ongoing with completion set for December. A new Large Group Instruction room(LGI) at Lakeland is also underway. Classrooms throughout both buildings have also seen major improvements with new ceiling tile, lighting, furniture, doors, flooring, paint and state of the art technology. Parking lots at both campuses were also at end of life and have been replaced. For those who have an opportunity to visit our updated stadiums, the grandstand bleachers at Milford’s stadium are complete with additional seating and a new press box. Phase 2 at the high schools will begin sometime next year.

All of these improvements and upgrades are made possible because of the approval of the Bond and Building Site Sinking Fund (BSSF) in 2019. While a lot of important work has been done, there is still a much larger need in the District. Costs for construction pre-pandemic were approximately $250 per square foot. Today, these costs are $400 per square foot. We have and will continue to invest taxpayer dollars wisely. The Strategic Plan 2.0 process has been deliberate in terms of data collection and forecasting enrollment to avoid using Bond/BSSF dollars until our footprint is clearly established for the next five years and beyond. We anticipate in 2025 we will see debt millage fall off and allow the district to go out for a zero tax rate increase. Passing bonds without raising the tax rate will maintain the current millage rate for property owners while allowing the Huron Valley Schools to make continuous improvements, including:

  • Safety and security upgrades designed to keep students and staff safe

  • Remain competitive in terms of active learning environments that help us prepare students for a job force that is constantly changing

  • Maintain current infrastructure challenges like HVAC, roofs, bathrooms and parking lots

The Huron Valley School District recognizes the pivotal role that healthy schools play in shaping strong and vibrant communities.

Thank you again for your continued support!

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