Michigan City Area Schools career center referendum (2009)
The Michigan city area schools career center referendum appeared on the May 19, 2009 ballot in LaPorte County, Indiana in Michigan City. The referendum determined whether or not the school district should borrow approximately $39.5 million to build a 150,000-square-foot career and technical center adjacent to Michigan City High School. The measure was defeated..
The school board originally agreed to the career center but in January 2009 Charles Morgan took on a petition drive to bring the matter to the voters via referendum. As of January Morgan gathered 125 signatures, enough to put the referendum on the ballot.
Residents argue that the career center would attract more businesses to Michigan city and that it would provide an avenue for students who may not have much interest in traditional academics. The News-Dispatch quoted Tim Bietry, president of the Michigan City Area Chamber of Commerce as saying, "Many individuals, organizations and businesses believe that a new career and technical center is crucial to the economic health of our city and the surrounding area."
Others, however, said that they are not against the concept but are against the expenditure. Morgan, who organized the petition drive, said that he believes a program for the career center should be outlined before a facility is considered.
- WNDU, "Michigan City voters strike down career center proposal," May 19,2009 (dead link)
- Referendum vote is today (dead link)
- The News Dispatch, "Career center in the hands of voters," January 26,2009 (dead link)
- The News Dispatch, "Chamber pushes career center...," April 12,2009 (dead link)
- Michigan City, Indiana, "Discussion minutes," January 27,2009 (timed out)