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Clinton says yes to $34.8 million bond proposal, Tecumseh pool millage renewal passes

By
JACKIE KOCH

Two bond proposals on the May 4 ballot, one to continue funds to operate the Tecumseh Community Pool at Tecumseh Public Schools’ (TPS) Compass Learning Center and the other to pay for a major renovation project at Clinton Community Schools, were passed by voters on Tuesday.

A total of 1,551 voters said yes to the Tecumseh Community Pool funding, while 534 denied it. The pool serves both the school and the community with classes and open swimming. The millage is a continuation of a previous authorized rate of .2488 mill ($0.2488 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes assessed against all property in Tecumseh Public Schools district. It was renewed for five years, from 2022 to 2026. For a homeowner with a house valued at $200,000, the annual cost of the millage will remain the same as it has been, about $25 per year.

“We’re thrilled,” said TPS Superintendent Rick Hilderley. “It’s something that we take pride in, our community pool, and the fact that the voters overwhelmingly supported that issue we think emphasizes how the community feels about it. That’s five more years of support the community will give to that nice little treasure here in town. We just really want to thank the voters for coming out and making that statement.”

Voters in the Clinton Community Schools district passed the 1.76 mill proposal with 625 yes votes to 338 no votes, to overhaul the district buildings and make multiple improvements. The millage will allow the preschool to receive two new classrooms, a multipurpose room, classroom equipment and furnishings, and Clinton Elementary school will gain eight additional classrooms, new boilers/heating units, renovation of existing classrooms and interior corridors, replacement of electrical and fire alarm systems, installation of new secure entrances, and an upgrade of playgrounds. Middle school students will eventually move to the high school, with an addition of 17 classrooms and an athletic fieldhouse. A separation corridor will be built to keep middle school students and high school students in separate areas. The high school will receive a new cafeteria, new music, band and art rooms, classroom equipment and furnishings, boilers and heating units will be replaced, rooftop units replaced for air quality, and new secure entrances will be installed.

At the middle school, updated parking lots, renovated restrooms, a new fire alarm system and upgraded electrical system will prepare it to become a community use facility. The current older home that houses the board office will eventually be demolished to make space for much-needed additional parking, with the board office moved to the middle school building.

The cost to school district residents will be, for a house with a taxable value of $50,000 and a market value of $100,000, $88 per year or $7.33 per month.

In a press release, Clinton Superintendent Jim Cracraft said, “On behalf of the Clinton Community Schools Board of Education and all of our stakeholders, I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who helped with Tuesday’s bond proposal. I also want to thank the community for supporting this proposal and passing it. Truly, the decision made today will have lasting impact on our students and the community at large.”

He stated that the big winners are the students who will have secure, updated, and modern facilities in which to learn, perform, and compete, and said the district will now transition into the design phase of the bond, which will provide opportunities for community input and engagement in the months ahead.

“The support and trust our voters have demonstrated today in the people who make up the Clinton Community Schools is deeply appreciated and will continue to challenge us as a learning organization to be the best we can be, every day, for kids and families,” said Cracraft.

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