Flushing Schools’ facility bond passes

FLUSHING — Flushing residents voted yes on a $17,800,000 facility bond proposal to improve classrooms, safety and energy for their school district.

The proposal was developed through community surveys after a previous bond proposition was voted down last spring. It comes with a 1.38-mill property tax increase in the first year, and an “estimated simple average annual millage” of 1.83 mills to retire the bond over 21 years, according to the Genesee County Clerk website.

The district said the proposal is meant to pave the way for success in a competitive 21st century job market by supplying students with quality programs and facility upgrades.

The projects include increasing opportunities and equipment for the sciences (STEM and robotics) and athletics department; “new public address and intercom systems to enhance security and rapid lock-down capabilities”; and “upgrading HVAC units to improve the quality of learning environments in all buildings.”

The Raider Virtual Academy and Alternative Education, a space for students who are most suited to learning outside of traditional methods, currently stationed at Flushing Middle School, will be set up in the current administration building. Staff will relocate to the vacant second-floor of the Early Childhood Center.

A new gymnasium, including locker rooms, a multi-purpose fitness room, concessions, restrooms and an athletic event entrance; outdoor storage facilities for marching band and athletics; restroom facilities at the high school track field; and parking lot improvements are planned for the high school.

“We’re excited for the community,” said Stein. “We appreciate the support and look forward to working through this process.”

For more information, visit flushingschools.org.

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