ISHPEMING — On May 4, voters within the Ishpeming Public School district will be asked to approve a 2.95 millage increase to finance an expansion of the Birchview Elementary School that will allow the district to reduce its operating space. The proposed plan, however, does not have the support of the Ishpeming City Council.
“The problem I have is it decreases the cost to the school, but increases the cost to the taxpayers,” said Ishpeming Mayor Gary Nelson.
The $11.2 million project would include seven new classrooms, a library, a computer lab, restrooms, a gymnasium, an art room, and a music room to the Birchview School to house grades K-6 and then move the seventh and eighth grades to the Central School portion of the Ishpeming High School, resulting in the closure of the C.L. Phelps Middle School.