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2018-05-16 / Front Page

TAS District Voters Reject Renovation Bond Proposal

The Tahquamenon Area Schools (TAS) building renovation bond proposal was voted down at the Tuesday, May 8 election. Voters did support the TAS operating mileage renewal that passed 841—595.

Luce County voters, along with contingents from Chippewa, Mackinac and Schoolcraft counties who reside within the TAS school district, turned down the $16.32 million proposal.

Funds from the proposal would have renovated the existing elementary facility, which includes the library, cafeteria, kitchen and old Middle School classrooms.

The proposal also included demolition of the current, 90-year-old high school and the construction of a multi-purpose room, as well was renovations to the football complex. (New bleachers, press box, track upgrade, etc.)

The 2.15-mill renovation bond was defeated 858 - 569 with less than 40 percent of the district’s registered voters casting their votes.

“I’m thankful to the voters for passing the operational bond,” stated TAS superintendent Stacy Price. Regarding the renovation bond, “The school’s needs have not changed,” she asserted. “We have to go back to the drawing board. I have to go to the voters and find out why they voted the way they did and see what they would vote for

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To Ms. Price - For me,

To Ms. Price - For me, enrollment is too low to justify over $16 million dollars in renovations. According to US News, there are only 325 students in grades 6-12 enrolled in TAS. That's roughly $5,000 per student in reno costs over the next decade (if enrollment stays consistent). There are multiple alternative programs to a $16 million brick and mortar institution that apparently is falling down and full of lead and asbestos - such as online high school. All 41 of our seniors could take online classes in the library for gosh sakes.

I agree with this writer's

I agree with this writer's assertion about it being expensive. However, what would we do with the other 284? Enroll them on-line too and congregate in the library? You will finally pass a bond proposal when a roof collapses on a group of innocent kids like happened in Mt. Pleasant in 1966. The saying "Education is expensive. The cost of ignorance is higher." is true.

I agree with this writer's

I agree with this writer's assertion about it being expensive. However, what would we do with the other 284? Enroll them on-line too and congregate in the library? You will finally pass a bond proposal when a roof collapses on a group of innocent kids like happened in Mt. Pleasant in 1962. The saying "Education is expensive. The cost of ignorance is higher." is true.