Goodrich school bond on Aug. 4 ballot

GOODRICH — Voters in the Goodrich Area Schools district will decide the fate of a $21 million bond request when they go to the polls in the Aug. 4 primary.

School Superintendent Wayne Wright has said approval would not result in a tax increase. Rather, it would extend the time the district has to pay back its current debt.

The district currently levies 7.75 mils. The rate would remain the same, but would continue for five additional years, through 2032, rather than expiring in 2027.

The district’s current debt load includes $34,445,000 in outstanding bonds and $1,892,262 in loans.

If approved, the bond will pay for upgrading security and technology, improving critical infrastructure systems, constructing a new gym at Oaktree Elementary School, upgrading restrooms at Reid Elementary School, renovating the high school media center and cafeteria, and more.

Building remodels will be designed to promote collaborative, hands-on learning and critical thinking. — L.R.