ELPS Bond Proposal:
The $53M Question
By a narrow one-vote margin, the East Lansing Public Schools (ELPS) Board of Education recently decided to place a controversial $53M school construction bond proposal on the upcoming February 28 ballot.
If approved by voters, this proposal would result in up to 40 years of debt for resident households to support a plan that increases operational costs across the school district, closes a high-performing elementary school, and replaces 90% of five existing elementary buildings.
Further, these buildings utilize design concepts that are not supported by
educational research and that have been controversial in other mid-Michigan communities.
We can and must work collectively as a community to develop a fiscally-responsible bond proposal
that focuses on improving student achievement and provides for investment in all of our neighborhoods without passing a legacy of debt, disproportionate to property values, onto future generations.
Please vote NO on Feb. 28
to ensure a stronger future for our children and our community.
School Bond Test
Are the following statements about the East Lansing Public Schools Bond Proposal slated for the Feb. 28 ballot TRUE or FALSE
This bond proposal significantly reduces the number of East Lansing children who have a walkable neighborhood school. (True or False)TRUEThis $53M bond proposal also limits the opportunity for other ELPS construction or technology investments until almost 2050. (True or False)TRUELocal leaders are concerned about the fact that sixty percent of bond construction funds will be spent within one square-mile in the district. (True or False)TRUEThe bond calls for simultaneous reconstruction of five elementary schools within five years, ensuring overcrowded classrooms, multiple building transitions, and inconsistent learning environments for current and future students. (True or False)TRUEBond funds will provide state-of-the-art technology via mobile, wireless computing devices that are directly integrated into classroom learning environments. (True or False)FALSE ELPD bond plans provide for a one-time influx of funds to support construction of static computer labs and facilities technology such as keyless entry and telephone systems.
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