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Voters To Decide On Bond Proposals For School District

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COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) - People in Jackson County's Columbia Township will be voting on a new millage in November with two bond proposals on the ballot.

As our media partner MLive reported, if both pass, it will cost the average home owner about $200 a year.  

Superintendent of Columbia Township Schools Pam Campbell says the 40- to 60-year-old buildings in the district aren't making the grade anymore.

"Columbia Schools are aging and we really need to upgrade them for our students," Campbell said.

More than 100 community members have worked on the proposals for about two years.

"This community has had individuals looking for two years at what would be the best buy for the school district, as far as what's going to have the biggest bang," she says.

The district is focusing on four areas of improvement to make the schools safe, warm, dry and smart. 

The money will pay for new vestibules at the front entrances, to improve student safety. New doors, locks and windows, as well as replacing old roofing. Money is also earmarked to resurface the track and tennis courts, which are open year-round for members of the community, not just students, says Campbell. 

If the proposals pass, the schools will also get new boilers. Campbell says over the past three years, the district has pumped $80,000 into band-aid repairs. She says that money could have gone to the students.

"Think of what we could have purchased for our students in terms of supplies and materials and technology needs," Campbell said.

If the proposals don't pass, Campbell says the schools are still in good shape and they will make do for the timebeing. But if voters approve the bonds in November, Campbell believes it will mean a better experience for Columbia students.

For more information on the plans for the district, visit Seen on 6.

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