Lake Shore, Clintondale, Armada schools ask voters to approve millages
St. Clair Shores — Lake Shore Public Schools is covered in red spots but it has nothing to do with a measles outbreak.
Called the red dot campaign, it is a colorful way to provide homeowners in the district with a visual guide of how a $35 million bond proposal will be used if approved Tuesday.
Of the total, $10 million would cover upgrading the district’s technology infrastructure, which includes the purchase of mobile devices, new servers and expanding its wireless networking.
“We are looking to create a one-on-one initiative, where every student will have a hand-held device,” said Christopher Loria, Lake Shore Public Schools superintendent. “It would bring Lake Shore Public Schools into the 21st Century.”
The remaining $25 million would go toward increasing safety and security with the replacement of the district’s analog security camera system. Money would also fund upgrades to the district’s eight facilities, such as replacing roofs and installing air conditioning in all classrooms.
The district currently levies 6.725 mills. If passed, the bond proposal would be 8.43 mills. The cost to the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 and a taxable value of $50,000, would be $7.10 per month or $85 annually, Loria said.
Throughout Lake Shore’s buildings anything that would be affected by the bond, such as computers, has a red dot on it. And some of the red dots have a QR code that when scanned by a smart phone, will take you to bond information posted on its website at lakeshoreschools.org.
If passed the repayment of the bond would not exceed 30 years.
Two other school districts have millage proposals on Tuesday’s ballot:
■Clintondale Community Schools has an operating millage replacement and an operating millage.
The operating millage replacement proposal would allow the district to replace an existing tax with one that adjusts taxes back up to 18 mills. If approved, the district would levy up to 16.7643 mills on industrial, commercial and rental properties only. If approved, the millage would raise an estimated $1.9 million this year.
If voters pass the operating millage, the district would levy 18 mills. The millage would raise $140,226 for the district this year.
■Armada Area Schools voters will be asked whether or not to support a $4.1 million bond issue. The money would be used for technology and facility upgrades.