Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the list of questions below to learn more about the May 4, 2021 bond proposal. Have another question? Contact us.

When is the election?

Tuesday, May 4, 2021. The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Voters will also be able to vote by Absentee Ballot after March 20th and through Election Day.

 

What is on the May 4th ballot?

Here is the exact ballot wording:

 

WAVERLY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

BONDING PROPOSAL

Shall Waverly Community Schools, Ingham, Eaton and Clinton Counties, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed One Hundred Twenty-Five Million Dollars ($125,000,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, in one or more series, for the purpose of:

erecting additions to, remodeling, including security improvements to, furnishing and refurnishing, and equipping and re-equipping school buildings; acquiring and installing instructional technology and instructional technology equipment for school buildings; purchasing school buses; and developing, equipping and improving playgrounds, play fields, athletic fields, parking areas and sites?

The following is for informational purposes only:

The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2022 is 4.12 mills ($4.12 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a -0- mill net increase over the prior year’s levy. The maximum number of years the bonds of any series may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is thirty (30) years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 5.79 mills ($5.79 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).

The school district does not expect to borrow from the State to pay debt service on the bonds. The total amount of qualified bonds currently outstanding is $0. The total amount of qualified loans currently outstanding is $0. The estimated computed millage rate may change based on changes in certain circumstances.

(Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited and the proceeds cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries, or other operating expenses.)

How would the bond proposal affect my taxes?              

If approved, the $125 million bond proposal would not increase the current debt millage tax rate as compared to the 2020 debt millage tax rate.

How can the bond proposal projects be completed without a tax rate increase?

The proposed bond would not increase the current tax rate over last year’s tax rate because the proposed bond millage would replace the current bond debt millage that is expiring. The proposed bond would be sold in three series, further reducing interest costs and overall bond costs for repayment.

What projects would be completed at each facility if the bond proposal is approved by voters?

 

Elmwood & Winans Elementary Schools

  • Building Addition including:

    • New Entry with Office + secure Vestibule

    • Gymnasium

    • Music Classroom

    • Support Classrooms

    • Kindergarten Classrooms

  • New Parent Drives, Parking, + Playgrounds

 

East Intermediate School

  • New Pavement Play Area

  • New ADA Entry Ramp + Canopy

  • Community Pool/Locker Room Renovation

 

Waverly Middle School

  • Classroom Transformation including Windows + Clearstory Windows

  • Renovated Cafeteria with Clerestory Windows

  • Media Center with Exterior Windows

  • Renovated 7th + 8th Grade Instructional Space

  • Auditorium Upgrades

 

Waverly High School

  • Office Transformation for Secure Entry

  • Renovated Central Commons with Clerestory Windows

  • Cafeteria Renovation + Outdoor Seating

  • Media Center

  • Auditorium Upgrades

 

Colt Early Childhood Education Center

  • Classroom Updates

  • Opportunity for Community Enrichment Center

 

District Wide

  • Updates to Classrooms

  • Mechanical Controls Upgrades

  • Finish Upgrades

  • New Furnishings

  • Student Technology

  • Bus Purchases

  • LED Lighting

  • Administration Building: Office Updates, New Entrance Vestibule

  • District Services Building: Renovated Office and Professional Development Space

  • Athletic Field Upgrades: New Press Boxes at Softball + Baseball Fields

If the bond is approved, what is the schedule for the completion of bond proposal projects?

Work on the bond proposal projects would begin immediately following approval of the bond. Major construction would begin at the High School and Middle School in the first series of the bonds and would conclude with the Elementary Buildings in the second series. The third and final series would primarily be used for a refresh of technology. It is estimated that all projects would be substantially completed by 2027.

Who can vote in this bond proposal election?

Residents of the Waverly Community Schools who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day and are registered to vote.

Where can I get information about voting (such as how to register, where to vote, and absentee voting)?

Go to the Michigan Voter Information website www.michigan.gov/vote or call the Clerk’s Office where you reside.

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