Voters in Atherton district to decide $11.4 million bond

A look at Atherton Jr./Sr, High School on Genesee Road in Burton. Photo by Gary Gould

A look at Atherton Jr./Sr, High School on Genesee Road in Burton. Photo by Gary Gould

BURTON — When voters go to the polls Aug. 4 for the primary election, they will be asked to decide on an $11.4 million bond proposal for Atherton Community Schools.

If approved, the bond will be put toward proposed infrastructure needs which include: Student safety enhancements, facility updates and improving the learning environment.

Safety enhancements will include 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.

Superintendent John Ploof has indicated in correspondence with parents and taxpayers in the Atherton district, this will be a ‘zero increase’ bond. The proposal 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.

Every project in the bond proposal has been reviewed and approved by the Michigan Department of Treasury. All renovations and upgrades comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Any registered voter can vote by absentee ballot through Election Day. Absentee ballot applications are available from your local clerk’s office or online at www.michigan.gov/vote.

Polling locations are scheduled to be open Aug. 4 from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.