2014-04-13 / News

Chesaning Union Schools seek improvements on May 6 ballot

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter


REPLACEMENT NEEDED – The entire HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) system at Chesaning Middle School needs to be replaced. Chesaning Union Schools Director of Building and Grounds/Energy Savings Brian Gross showed this is one of 11 air handlers that needs to be replaced. It is the original equipment installed in 1975, he said. REPLACEMENT NEEDED – The entire HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) system at Chesaning Middle School needs to be replaced. Chesaning Union Schools Director of Building and Grounds/Energy Savings Brian Gross showed this is one of 11 air handlers that needs to be replaced. It is the original equipment installed in 1975, he said. CHESANING – On Tuesday, May 6, Chesaning Union Schools will ask voters to consider new bond proposals for building improvements; plus a separate bond proposal to build a new auxiliary gym. If both proposals are approved, there would be an estimated increase of 0.62 mills on taxable property.

Chesaning Union Schools Superintendent Mike McGough has assured that if voters approve these two millage proposals, the school board will rescind the 2011 sinking fund millage.

Back in 2011, Chesaning area voters approved a both a school sinking fund millage and a separate bond for technology and school buses. The 2011 sinking fund was designed to provide funding for school improvements without the added cost of paying interest on loans. However it limits the amount the school district can spend on improvements. The school board has discussed the theory that it could be more cost effective to make the improvements now, when interest rates are low; and contractor bids have been lower, too.


CORROSION – Heat goes through these coils to generate heat in the middle school. CORROSION – Heat goes through these coils to generate heat in the middle school. The millages enacted in 2011were supposed to run from 2011 through 2020. However, there has been a great deal of leadership turnover at Chesaning Union Schools since then. The current school board members, together with Superintendent McGough, have determined that the sinking fund does not generate enough funds to cover the cost of the desired improvements, and prevents them from issuing bonds to take on larger projects. The decline in property values has reduced the amount of revenue generated on a per mill basis.


RE-CONFIGURE – A wall was cut to make this a larger classroom at Chesaning Middle School. RE-CONFIGURE – A wall was cut to make this a larger classroom at Chesaning Middle School. McGough explained that they intend to replace the existing sinking fund millage with the new millage, which allows them to bond for the new improvements.

For more information, visit the Chesaning Union Schools website at: www.chesaningschools.net



BACK IN TIME – This classroom at Chesaning High School has florescent lighting fixtures from the 1950s and a window that is too cloudy to see through, said Brian Gross, Chesaning Union Schools director of Building & Grounds/Energy Savings. BACK IN TIME – This classroom at Chesaning High School has florescent lighting fixtures from the 1950s and a window that is too cloudy to see through, said Brian Gross, Chesaning Union Schools director of Building & Grounds/Energy Savings.

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