Michigan Center schools are in “need” for upgrades according to superintendent

MICHIGAN CENTER, MI (WLNS) – “We aren’t doing this because we have cracks on the tabletops,” said Michigan Center Schools Superintendent Scott Koziol.

His assessment of the situation prompted him to ask voters to approve a 30 year, nearly 3 point millage that would generate $10.5 million to fix the school district.

Koziol said, “They have been kept up by our maintenance and custodial staffs at a tremendous level but when you’re talking 1,400 kids a year going through these facilities there’s going to be alot of wear.”

Plans include remodeling boys and girls lockers in the Michigan Center Junior/Senior High School and having a secure entry point. Arnold Elementary would receive new boilers and an elementary sized gym addition. Keicher Elementary would get a bigger kitchen. Both would receive easier access points to pick up and drop off students. The price of individual property depends on how much taxpayers will pay if the bond goes forward.

“The community has been debt free since 2009. There’s been no additional taxes collected for this school district directly,” said Koziol.

So, he understands the critics.

“There have been questions such as how long is the millage, how much is the millage, those types of things that are all understandable especially for the people who weren’t involved in those types of meetings,” said Koziol.

If the bond proposal is approved, the mill would be the lowest in the county.

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