Thank You Message
May 6, 2020
Dear CCS families, staff and community members:
On behalf of Caledonia Community Schools, we want to thank our community for their overwhelming support of the operating millage and school bond proposal yesterday.
Because of you we will be able to build upon our tradition of excellence at Caledonia Community Schools!
The proposal to restore the operating millage passed with more than 70% approval, and the bond proposal passed with more than 59% voter support. Read MLive’s coverage of the election night results.
The operating millage renewal, which levies 18 mills on non-homestead properties, supports day-to-day operations from teachers to utilities to keeping our schools safe and dry for our children. Passage of the operating millage allows CCS to avoid an estimated $10.2 million loss in revenue each year, as well as drastic cuts to programs and services for our students.
CCS’s bond proposal will allow us to invest in much-needed security and safety enhancements and repairs to update aging buildings so our kids can learn in a safe environment, which is always our number one priority. The bond proposal will also help provide technology upgrades that complement our strong career and technical education programs which prepare students for college and careers.
Along with safety and technology enhancements, the bond will help replace the 64-year-old Dutton Elementary with a neighborhood school in a new location that is better suited for elementary students and families. The location of the new school is not yet finalized; we look forward to working with the community to find the best location that suits students and families.
Finally, the passing of the bond allows us to create a new community center with a swimming pool and multi-use gymnasium. The center will bring students, families and seniors together and encourage healthy lifestyles and ongoing learning. This community center will benefit students, families and seniors and be a true asset for our entire community.
CCS has a proven track record of success inside and outside of the classroom. The passage of both of these proposals allow us to continue our proud tradition of excellence and keep Caledonia an attractive place to raise a family. Look for more information over the coming weeks and months as we begin the process of structuring the work of the bond and engaging input from key staff and community members along the way.
While there are many challenges ahead, there is truly a bright future for our kids and community thanks to your continued support of Caledonia Community Schools. On behalf of all of us, THANK YOU in helping us with our quest of Cultivating Agile Learners!
Dr. Dedrick Martin
Superintendent, Caledonia Community Schools
Bond Program FAQ's - Updated 5/27/20
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Caledonia Community Schools Bond Program
1. What is the Caledonia Community Schools (CCS) Bond Program?
The Caledonia Community Schools Bond Program will allow CCS to invest in much-needed security and safety enhancements and repairs to update aging buildings so our kids can learn in a safe environment. CCS has a proven track record of success inside and outside the classroom and this program will allow us to build on our proud tradition of excellence and keep Caledonia an attractive place to raise a family. The Caledonia Community School Bond Program is a fiscally responsible program that will allow CCS to repair and invest in our schools and facilities without increasing existing property taxes.
2. What impact will the bond program have on student safety and health?
The school bond will allow CCS to invest in much-needed security and safety enhancements and repairs to update aging buildings so our kids can learn in a safe environment. The safety and health of our students, staff and community is our number one priority. Additional security enhancements – including cameras and high- tech video monitoring equipment – at all buildings and facilities are needed to help keep our students, staff and community safe before, during and after school.
3. What impact will the bond program have on student learning?
The CCS school bond program will help provide the latest technology to complement our strong career and technical education programs to prepare students for college and careers. The CCS school bond program will help provide upgrades that allow students to gain skills, real-world on-the-job experience and compete for jobs whether in the skilled trades, agriculture or high-tech computer science fields. Supporting our award-winning arts, band and music programs with new equipment and upgrades will contribute to more well-rounded students.
4. What are some of the improvements and projects for school buildings being proposed as part of the school bond program?
The CCS Bond Program is necessary for the district to keep pace with needed repairs and improvements to school safety and make all of our buildings as safe and healthy as possible. All of our school buildings will receive repairs and upgrades and the bond will also replace the 64-year old Dutton Elementary with a neighborhood school in a new location better suited for serving elementary students and their families. The future location of a new Dutton Elementary is not finalized and we would work with the community to find the best location that serves our students and their families.
5. What other new facilities are being proposed as part of the school bond program?
Athletics, performing arts and continuing education bring our whole community together and the bond will allow us to create a new community center with a swimming pool and multi-use gymnasium. The new community center will bring students, families, and seniors together and encourage healthy lifestyles and ongoing learning. The swimming pool will provide a new asset for our community and will be available to our whole community and students that currently have to use facilities far outside our district in order to practice and compete.
6. How will CCS be held accountable regarding the Bond Program?
Both of these programs are fiscally responsible and will allow us to invest in our schools without increasing existing property taxes. CCS has a proven track record of fiscal responsibility and transparency. If this program passes, every dollar spent will be tracked and available on a public website to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. CCS has received a clean financial audit for over 20 years and has an AA bond rating from Standard & Poor’s.
7. Why do we need a new football stadium?
Athletics, performing arts and continuing education brings our whole community together. While the primary focus of the school bond is on investing in much-needed repairs and improvements to aging buildings so kids can learn in a safe environment, we must also anticipate the future needs of a growing district. There are several challenges that a new football stadium would address, and though it’s not an immediate priority we’ll work with the community in the coming years to build a facility that works for Caledonia.