Carman-Ainsworth slowly moves ahead with building security improvements

FLINT TWP. — Carman- Ainsworth Community Schools have not been deterred by the failure of the 1-mill sinking fund millage that was shot down by voters May 7.

The district has slowly begun to install the 300 quick action locks at all of its buildings, doing the work as it can, one building at a time.

Superintendent Eddie Kindle said the quick action locks have been installed already on all classrooms at Rankin Elementary. The district is currently working on a second, unnamed building.

“We’re still committed to that,” said Kindle. “We’re 100 percent committed to that. Obviously, we have to be cognizant of how we do these projects. But if it’s connected the structural safety of the building, like new hardware for the doors, it may take some time but we’re still going to do it. It won’t stop us from our goal of maintaining safety.”

Voters rejected a 1-mill increase in the district’s sinking fund, potentially generating $750,000 a year from 2019 to 2023; and a Headlee Amendment override not to exceed 2.1314 mills that would have generated $45,000 a year for the same period.

The vote against the sinking fund issue was 821-1,197, while voters nixed the Headlee Amendment override by a 931-1,085 vote.

Kindle said district officials aren’t blaming anybody but added there are still things they value that were included in that proposal that the district will still proceed with as it has the fund available to do so.

He said no decisions have been made about a future millage or bond request.

“It’s investigatory at this point, it won’t happen this year,” said Kindle. “We always have to look at our resources and how we ask for support in our community.”

As for the locks, which were the highlight of the district’s plans for the money that would have been raised by the millage and Headlee Override, Kindle said they are working out nicely.

“We think they’re awesome,” he said. “It’s so easy a kindergartner can operate them.”