School improvement projects included in the $22.8 million bond that are likely to begin this summer, according to Ferndale Schools Superintendent Gary Meier.
“The goal is to get going as quickly as we can,” he said.
The $22.825 million bond will fund infrastructure updates such as asbestos removal from , energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems for buildings, and full-service kitchens for two schools. Technology upgrades and a remodeled auditorium stage are also included.
The bond will not increase the tax rate but extends an existing 7 mill bond, which was approved in 2004, beyond its scheduled expiration in 2023 to 2043.
Meier said the next step is to structure the bonds for sale over the next few months. Meanwhile, district architects and construction managers will begin planning and design work for bond projects to begin this summer, he said.
“By the time students return next fall, some of the work will already be completed,” Meier said.
Robert Bokram, who was involved in the pro-bond group , said he is proud of the community for supporting the bond and he looks forward to seeing the projects move forward.
“Now it’s time to get down to the hard work of creating a modern school system for students today and tomorrow,” Bokram said.
Jim Pfleger, treasurer of the Ferndale Schools Board of Education, said the school board recognizes its “obligation to spend the money wisely.”
“We can promise the voters we will have regular progress updates on all the bond projects, so they can see where the money is going,” Pfleger said.
Ferndale Patch will keep you updated on bond projects as they begin. For more information on the school bond issue, visit our bond topic page here.