Midland County Educational Service Agency facility improvement to cost $17M | #education | #technology | #training

The Midland County Educational Service Agency is placing a $17M bond proposal on the Aug. 2, 2022 primary ballot to fund facility and information technology improvements at two of the district’s facilities.

Funds will be used to expand capacity, improve functionality, mitigate structural issues, and enhance the overall learning environment for the children with special needs that are enrolled there. Sugnet school campus, which is located at 3917 Jefferson Avenue, and the Longview Early Childhood and Family Center, at 337 Lemke Street.


This will be the first bond election for the ESA and funding will primarily support a comprehensive reconstruction plan for the Sugnet school – a building that is more than 70 years old.


The Midland County Educational Service Agency provided the following Question and Answer fact sheet to the Midland Daily News for voters in the upcoming election.


Who is the Midland County Educational Service Agency?


The Midland County Educational Service Agency (ESA) is one of 56 Michigan intermediate school districts that serve the educational needs of students, parents, and staff in local schools.


The Midland County ESA is governed by a seven-member Board of Education, comprised of generally elected volunteer community members, each serving six-year terms.


The ESA provides instructional support services, administrative services, special education services, early childhood services, career and technical education services, and technology services to the following districts in Midland County:


• Bullock Creek School District

• Coleman Community Schools

• Meridian Public Schools

• Midland Public Schools

• Windover High School

• The Academic and Career Education Academy

• Private and Parochial schools in Midland County


What kind of services does the Midland County Educational Service Agency provide?


The Midland County Educational Service Agency provides a variety of educational services to connect children, parents, and educators of Midland County with the resources they need to meet their educational goals.


• Career and Technical Education (CTE): CTE programs connect academic learning with hands-on career development, technical skills, and work behavior knowledge. Programs are designed to prepare youth for a broad range of employment, training services and post-secondary options.


• Early Childhood Services: Midland County’s service agency offers an array of services for families of young children. Longview Early Childhood Center houses multiple agencies and programs to help serve the families of Midland County.


• Special Education Services: It provides numerous special needs programs and resources for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and children from kindergarten through postsecondary up to age 26.


• Technology Services: Technology Services is responsible for maintenance of the Midland County ESA Local Area Network (LAN) and for providing support and training opportunities to Midland County ESA staff. This department also works with the local school districts in providing leadership and coordination for collaborative technology projects and is responsible for maintaining the Midland County Distance Learning Network.


What are the terms of the Midland County ESA bond proposal?


A total of $17,070,000 issued through a series of general obligation unlimited tax bonds. The estimated average annual millage to retire this bond debt is .47 mill, which is $0.47 on each $1,000 taxable valuation. The maximum number of years the bonds of any series may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is 12 years.


How much would this bond request cost the taxpayer?


A homeowner with a home with a taxable value of $100,000 (approximate market value of $200,000) pays $50.00/year. 

Is the Midland County ESA bond proposal similar to other school district bond proposals?

Yes. All school district bond elections in the State of Michigan must comply with state law which requires that expenditures of bond proceeds must be audited and cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries or other operating expenses.

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