Voters approve Negaunee school bond proposal

MARQUETTE — Voters in Tuesday’s primary showed their support of a request by Negaunee Public Schools for a 0.99-mill bond proposal for a 25-year period, with 1,662 votes cast in favor of the proposal compared with 876 “no” votes..

For the average homeowner in the district, 0.99 mills will create an increase in taxes of approximately $3.90 each month. NPS will borrow an amount not to exceed $8.5 million and issue general obligation unlimited tax bonds for a variety of upgrades.

“Our staff and students are very fortunate to be working and living in a community as supportive as ours,” NPS Superintendent Dan Skewis said in an email. “The mutual respect we share with community members is awesome to be a part of. We’re always proud to be Miners, but situations like these make it even more special.

“We’re very excited to start planning for the various projects that will take place with the funds generated from the proposal. Construction and renovation will more than likely start in the spring of 2021, while technology purchases and some other upgrades can start fairly soon.”

Planned upgrades are plentiful.

They include modernization of 31 classrooms at Lakeview Elementary School, which haven’t been updated in years. According to district information provided to voters, 15 classrooms were last updated in 1985, with 16 last improved in 1951.

The school is expected to see roof repair and the purchase of 500 Chromebooks as well among other improvements. The list of improvements at the grade school also includes upgrades of speech classrooms, guidance office and main office; an additional Title I classroom; a trap/pipe analysis, along with replacement of steam traps; and window replacement.

For Negaunee Middle School, improvements include library renovation, roof repair, window replacement and technology upgrades that include interactive touchscreens for every classroom.

Negaunee High School improvements include library renovation, technology upgrades that also include interactive touchscreens for each classroom, boiler replacement, roof repair, and upgrades of pool locker rooms and the corridor leading into the pool.

Miner Stadium will be improved as well, and will involve construction of a fieldhouse on the south side of the football field to be used for athletes to train year-round.

The indoor practice facility is expected to be beneficial, particularly for athletes in the spring season, because of unpredictable snowstorms and poor outdoor field conditions.

The NHS marching band also can practice halftime and parade routines at the facility. The community can use the facility as well in the form of Little League baseball and softball games, soccer leagues, and tennis and pickleball play.

Fencing along Teal Lake Avenue, Arch Street and Hungerford Avenue will be updated.


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