The Ann Arbor School Board elections are on Monday, June 14. A bond issue and sinking fund levy will also be on the ballot. Incumbents Helen Gates-Bryant and Theresa Han-Markey are competing for one open seat. Last year, the school board voted to reduce the board from nine seats to seven, resulting in
two expired terms, but only one available seat (). The bond issue will raise $205 million to build a new high school and fund other large purchases and building improvements. The $35 million sinking fund levy will raise funds for building repairs and renovations. Last time the school bond issue for a new high school it faced significant local opposition and failed. The new millage taxes will take effect when the current school taxes expire. If the bond issue does not pass, property taxes will be reduced significantly. If it does past, property taxes will still be less than they are now.
> See: Links to Ann Arbor News coverage and school district site
Michael Betzold sent us a great opinion piece on the school bond issue: Super Size Me: The Gluttonous High School Bond
The problem: Ann Arbor’s big high schools are too crowded.
The solution: Build another big high school.
It’s a typical American solution: More. Like building more roads because the roads are too crowded. Like building another mall across the street because the parking lot at the old mall is full.
Read on for more.
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