McBain Makes Final Pitch for Millage Vote

November 4, 2019

By John Raffel

McBain superintendent Steven Prissel is making his final pitches to voters to support the district’s Nov. 5 bond election.

“It’s important for people to get informed about the bond,” he said. “We encourage people to go through the website and look through the information, and if they have any specific questions to please contact Central Office. We want to get information to them about the bond. And the board wants people to be informed.”

Prissel said it’s for a 21-year bond term with a $14.29 million proposal which means 1.4 mills above the current rate. He said the cost for a $100,000 home with a $50,000 taxable value would be $70 per year or 19 cents per day.

“The importance of the bond is certainly included in our material,” Prissel said. “We feel our current millage rate puts us in a good position to have voters consider the 1.4 mill increase over the current millage rate. We’re significantly below the state average and local districts’ average.”

Under technology, Prissel said new technology would be supported for 10 years.

Under busses and parking, bus purchases would be supported for 10 years. This would mean one new school bus per year; approximately 200 more parking spaces created and the current parking lot would be repaved.
Under student safety, Prissel said there would be a new, secure entrance at the high school; remodeled and updated secure entrance at elementary school and middle school; new drive for safer student drop-off and pick-up; Re-route the bus loop; Replace alarms; improved emergency lighting; additional security cameras; new phone system; facility upgrades; sections of roof to be replaced; efficiency based mechanical upgrades; air handlers, boilers, temperature controls; Restroom improvements and flooring and ceiling replacement.

There would also be food service equipment replacement; Replace selected classroom furniture; Lockers and instructional equipment; Installation of LED lights in all classrooms and corridors; new Middle School gym floor; replacement of asphalt and surface for track and updated weight and conditioning room.

“We have roofs that are 25 years old, we have a middle school gym floor 60 years old,” Prissel said. “We have ceilings that are crumbling. We need to financially support technology and busses.”

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