2024 Facility Bond

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    This site contains important information about the 2024 Facility Bond Proposal that is on the May 7, 2024 ballot. The Facility Improvement Bond is for $23.5 million and will be used to make safety, security, and facility improvements throughout the entire district. Please review the information below. If you have any questions, or would like clarification, please contact Superintendent Matt Shanafelt at 810-591-1180.

    What is a facility bond?
    A facility bond is for large projects beyond the scope of the Building and Sinking Fund. Just like the Building and Sinking Fund, it cannot be spent on salaries or benefits.

    What does the project include?
    The project will make improvements in six major areas.

    • Safety and Security - Updated alarm/ door entry systems, additional security cameras, new secondary entrances, as well as the installation of ballistic film in many of our entrances. 

    • Instructional Technology - Substantial investment in updated instructional technology in our classrooms, including interactive technology to aid in students' learning. 

    • Elementary Playground Enhancement- With an emphasis and priority on our extensive playground asphalt needs

    • Auditorium Updates - Sound, carpet, stage and lighting upgrades/ enhancements to maintain our auditorium for our students and community. 

    • HVAC Upgrades - Air-conditioning areas that were not included in our last bond. Mainly air-conditioning of gyms and cafeterias throughout the district.

    • Athletic Facility Upgrades - Including updates/ substantial renovations to all current outdoor athletic fields and tennis courts, as well as the construction of a multi-purpose outdoor stadium located on the high school campus, that will include artificial turf, a track and newly constructed out-buildings, such as restrooms,  concessions, and locker rooms. 

    This will be a 0 (zero) mill increase over the current debt levy, which is aided by the rapidly increasing property values in our district. We currently levy 3.18 mills to retire our existing facilities school improvement debt, and this bond initiative is seeking to continue that same tax rate. While a possible tax rate increase was considered, this school improvement facility bond will meet our needs without having to raise the current millage rate. Our current 3.18 millage rate, which we are seeking to continue with this bond, is currently well below the county average.

    Graph showing flushing mills compared to neighboring districts

     

    With a simple continuation of our current debt levy of 3.18 mills, the Flushing Community Schools percentage of debt and tax burden on our community will remain significantly less than the county average. 

    We will be holding a number of community informational meetings throughout March and April so that everyone is thoroughly aware, educated and informed. If you have questions regarding this bond proposal, please do not hesitate to e-mail (matt.shanafelt@flushingschools.org) or call (810-591-1180) Superintendent Matt Shanafelt. As a reminder, school improvement millage funds are for structural enhancements and facilities, and cannot be used to pay for people, salaries or operating expenses.

    As an educational institution, we strongly encourage everyone in our community to be as educated and as informed as possible and to exercise their right to vote on May 7, 2024. 

    For more information, visit the 2024 Facility Improvement Bond FAQ.

     

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