PAW PAW, Mich. — Paw Paw Public Schools is asking voters to approve a $53.6 million bond proposal.
If approved, it would present voters with a one-mill increase for three major projects and address other improvements throughout the district.
"On Aug. 3, we have our bond election coming up," said Paw Paw Public Schools Superintendent Rick Reo. "If you have a $50,000 taxable value of your home, it should be $100,000 market value or above. It would be a $4.17 a month increase in taxes, the one mill would. If your home is valued at $200,000, you would have the $100,000 taxable value, so it would be twice that," he said.
If approved, the bond would focus on three major projects.
"The three major projects are an early childhood center. Currently, we don’t have an early childhood education program that is sponsored by the district. We would like to bring that here to Paw Paw. We do have an indoor multipurpose facility here in the high school that we are asking voters to approve as well as an outdoor multipurpose stadium here at the high school," said Reo.
In addition to the three major projects, the money would be spent on renovations and improvements to every building.
"We would sell bonds in two series. The first series we would sell shortly after approval. That would generate $17 million, then we would be able to get started on projects. The additional amount would be raised with the sale of bonds two years later, and then we could get rolling on the remainder of the projects," said Reo.
The other projects include:
- STEM lab/makerspace renovation (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
- replace outdated furniture with modern & flexible furniture
- replace aging mechanical equipment
- cafeteria addition at high school for increased capacity
- replace over-30-year-old mechanical equipment
- building envelope updates to increase energy efficiencies
- traffic flow redesign at high school site
- select roof replacements
- food service equipment upgrades
- communication system updates
- select door hardware updates
- renovate servery and kitchen at middle school
- purchase of buses
- renovations of restrooms, track upgrades, drainage system installations at Falan Field
- tennis court replacement
- baseball/softball restrooms and concessions
- upgrade baseball field drainage
"This is going to benefit our students to our high degree, and it is going to benefit our community," said Reo.
Paw Paw Public Schools held an informational meeting and walking tour at 7 p.m. on Tuesday for anyone who had questions or wanted more information.
If you were unable to make it, you can contact Superintendent Rick Reo by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (269) 415-5200.