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Ferndale School District Bond Measure (February 2012)

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A Ferndale School District Bond Measure was on the February 28, 2012 ballot in the Ferndal school district area which is in Oakland County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 2,795 (69.48%)Approveda
  • NO 1,228 (30.52%)[1]

This measure sought to issue a bond in the amount of $22.8 million which would go mainly towards upgrading and improving technology within the district's facilities. School officials noted that they made the bond at the lowest amount they could without compromising proposed plans.[2] A levy of 7 mills will be extended through the life of the bond since it was approved by residents. A committee had been set up to assess what needed to be done in the district and choose the rate of the bond. The committee had met for nine weeks to formulate a plan for this bond proposal.[3]

The bond was officially places on the ballot on December 19, the school board vote unanimously to place it on the ballot. School officials noted the need for student's safety as the primary reason to support this measure.[4]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Shall the Ferndale Public Schools, County of Oakland, State of Michigan borrow the sum of not to exceed Twenty-Two Million Eight Hundred and Twenty-Five Thousand and 00/100 ($22,825,000) Dollars and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefore, for a period of not to exceed thirty (30) years, for the purpose of defraying the costs of: remodeling, equipping and reequipping, furnishing and refurnishing school buildings, or parts of those facilities, including mechanical upgrades; asbestos removal; additional lighting; improvements to the high school auditorium and stage, and to the pools; and safety and security upgrades; preparing, developing and improving school sites, or parts of or additions to sites, including parking lots and drives, playgrounds, structures, or other facilities; acquiring and installing technology and equipping or reequipping school buildings for technology, including installation of technology infrastructure and upgrading existing hardware?[5][6]

Support

The main force being this measure was the group Citizens for Quality Schools who helped organize students to go door to door to promote the bond to residents. The students know what the bond money would do for the school and many were hopeful the bond would be approved so improvements could be made. Parents of the students noted that having their kids help gave the students some of the responsibility in helping their schools out.[7]

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