Atherton voters approve $11.4 million school bond proposal

BURTON — Voters approved an $11.4 million bond proposal for Atherton Community Schools which will be put toward proposed infrastructure needs, including student safety enhancements, facility updates and improving the learning environment.

The bond proposal passed 979-507 and will pave the way for safety enhancements including secure entryways at all school buildings, upgrading PA and fire alarm systems, adding security cameras, installing magnetic locks to corridor doors, upgrading classroom door hardware for ADA code and safety, and adding an emergency alert system in all school buildings.

Facility updates will include replacing roofs, upgrading, electrical, heating and cooling systems, removing asbestos/hazardous materials and upgrading the playground at Atherton Elementary School.

Learning environment upgrades will include updating instructional technology and infrastructure, updating mobile learning devices for grades 3-12, purchasing media center furniture and establishing a STEM lab at Atherton Elementary school, renovating locker rooms, science rooms, replacing band room flooring, and purchasing STEM/CTE equipment at Atherton Middle School/High School.

This will be a ‘zero increase’ bond, as it is a continuation of the bond passed almost 20 years ago, which is set to expire in 2021. The current millage rate is 3.34 mills.

The no tax rate increase bond proposal was developed following a comprehensive facility assessment to address short- and long-term facility needs, according to the district’s website.

Attempts to reach Superintendent John Ploof for a comment were unsuccessful. — G.G.