Next week, voters in Saline will see a twenty year bond proposal on the ballot from Saline Area Schools. The funds are needed for school building improvements.
The district is asking voters to approve $67.5 million dollars.
The funds would go to numerous projects such as remodeling, furnishing and installing new technology at all seven buildings that make-up the district. Twenty million dollars would be used to fix the infrastructure of those buildings while nearly thirteen million is needed to make them energy efficient.
Saline Area Schools superintendent Scot Grayden says just over $8 million would be used to make schools safer by creating small check-in facilities outside of schools so visitors can identify themselves before entering a school.
The rest of the funds would be allocated for academic curriculum, replace aging school buses and to build playgrounds and athletic fields.
If the bond passes, homeowners would pay an additional $150 a year for a house worth $300,000. The superintendent says the district will be in a very tough situation if voters don't approve it. Projects won't get done at all, budget cuts may be made or they may ask state officials for more funding.
This is the first time in 15 years the district has asked voters to consider a bond.
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