Northwest schools puts failed bond proposal back on ballot

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — This upcoming August election voters across mid-Michigan will see a packed ballot as they decide primaries and millages.

 

But in one local school district voters will see a bond proposal they already voted down last month.

 

6 News has the details on this second chance for Northwest Community Schools.  

Classes were dismissed at Northwest schools for summer break Wednesday morning.

 

But over the next two months, school administrators have a lot of work to do, as they put a big bond proposal before voters for the second time this year.

 

Superintendent Geoff Bontrager says just 82 votes prevented Northwest from taking a big step forward.

 

“We’re very disappointed. Our yes voters that were supportive just didn’t get out to the polls,” Bontrager said.

 

One month later, they’re hoping to turn that disappointment around by putting the same $24.9 million bond proposal before voters again in the August election.

 

Bontrager says with such a close vote, everyone agreed they had to try again.

 

“It was important that we go back. We’re going to leave no stone unturned,” Bontrager said.

 

They’re going to focus more efforts on getting information out to the community through meetings, mail, social media, and knocking on doors.

 

The superintendent says they’ll further stress why the bond is needed.

 

He says added classrooms and facility improvements are required to keep up with more families moving into the district and not for school of choice kids.

 

“So it’s really a misconception. We’ve put all kinds of data out there on it,” Bontrager said.

 

As they gear up for rebooting the yes vote campaign, Bontrager says they’ll also be communicating all the school district does for the area. 

     

“I think it’s a great opportunity for our community to say yes, our school district is very important. And we want these opportunities for our students, but also for our community at large,” Bontrager said.

 

Follow this link for more information about the bond proposal and upcoming informational meetings:

Northwest isn’t the only school district looking for a second chance.

 

A sinking fund will appear again on ballots in the Western School District as well.

The proposal lost by just 87 votes in the May election.

 

Since it was such a close vote, the district superintendent says they want to put it before voters again, and this time, parents are putting together a bigger campaign to pass it.

 

He says it will generate about $1.7 million dollars over the next five years, using the money on facility upgrades and security improvements.

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