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Kelloggsville Public Schools would fund new STEM classrooms, media center with

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Kelloggsville Public Schools is asking voters to consider a 22-year, $11.3 million bond proposal that would fund the construction of new STEM classrooms, a media center, and upgrades to security and technology.

Kelloggsville Superintendent Samuel Wright said voters can support the bond on Tuesday, Nov. 2, without increasing their taxes above the current tax rates because the district refinanced its 2015 debt. He said refinancing saved the district over $2 million and allowed them to maintain the millage rate at 7.32 mills.

The estimated millage that would be levied from the proposed bonds in 2022 is 0.95 mill ($0.95 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a 0-mill net increase over the prior year’s levy, according to the ballot language.

If approved, the bond would allow the district to build a new addition to Kelloggsville High School dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math instruction (STEM).

The measure would also fund the construction of a new media center at Southeast Elementary School, school officials said.

“Getting this STEM building would give our students a lot of opportunities and a new media center would enhance instruction,’’ Wright said.

The high school addition would have a classroom and a large workshop area equipped with up-to-date technology and equipment, said Eric Alcorn, director of human resources.

Alcorn said the district will use some of the funding to make safety and security enhancements to entrances around the district. The bond would also fund technology upgrades to enhance instruction.

The district has roughly 2,250 students enrolled, state data shows.

Cedar Springs and East Grand Rapids are the other two Kent County school districts with tax proposals on the Nov. 2 ballot. Both are seeking support for millage proposals.

Related: East Grand Rapids school millage proposal would help pay for after-school programming like sports, drama

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