Lansing Schools bond proposal up for vote May 3

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The May special election is just around the corner here in mid-Michigan.

On Tuesday, May 3 the Lansing School District will ask voters to vote on a $120 million bond proposal.

It’s called the Lansing Pathway Promise.

It’s a crucial proposal that if passed will set the tone and direction of the Lansing School District moving forward.

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope says it’s a proposal that can only benefit the Lansing School District.

“I think what the school board put together is a proposal that makes some key structural changes that will lead Lansing schools into the future in a positive way,” said Swope.

Amy Baumer with the Christman Company says the bond would add up to $35 a year for tax payers.

It’s an investment Baumer says is well worth it.

“Better schools equals better values for your home so it would be an increase value to your home,” said Baumer.

The proposal would also pay for educational upgrades and renovations to Lansing schools.

“What this new program offers is another step forward in allowing students to be able to engage in the kinds of learning environments that will cause them to understand what it’s going to be like in the workplace,” said Baumer.

Former Lansing School District Board Member Jack Davis says there’s always opposition with any tax proposal.

“There may be people who vote against it. There are people who are seniors who are more or less looking at their own personal budget as opposed to the community needs,” said Davis.

But the timing is just right for Lansing Schools to get the help they need to benefit not only Lansing students but the entire community.

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