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September 8, 2022
2022-23 Welcome Back Letter from Superintendent Jankowski

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August 4, 2022
ABSD Board of Education Approves No Tax-Rate Increase Bond Proposal for Nov. 8th Ballot

A new day in the Bay - Vote November 8thThe Anchor Bay School District Board of Education has approved placing a $169 million no tax rate increase bond proposal on the November 8 ballot.

The multi-phase bond proposal will take approximately 10  years to complete and focuses on five key principles:

  1. Enhancing educational programming Throughout the K-12 educational program, the school district will place a stronger focus on Career Preparation and STEM programming by developing meaningful connections between classroom experiences for students and their future academic and career goals;
  2. Improving safety and security measures by enhancing building security and video surveillance at all facilities, installing emergency alert systems, adding classroom security door hardware, and strengthening building entrance security;
  3. Addressing aging infrastructures in buildings by updating mechanical systems, temperature controls, roofing, and paving;
  4. Correcting geographical concerns by reducing student transportation costs and reducing the time students spend on buses every day; and,
  5. Increasing building efficiency by reducing operational costs by combining and reducing the number of operational buildings.

Goals of the Bond

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Operational Goals of the Bond Proposal

Reduce Average Age of Facility

  • · District’s oldest facilities from 1955 and 1957 are replaced
  • · Average age of facility decreases from 49 years old to 9 years old

Reduce District Square Footage

  • Reduces square footage by over 90,000SF

Efficiently Balances District Student Population

  • Corrects facility use imbalance and creates equitable student distribution at middle school level

Correct Geographical Concerns

  • Puts Anchor Bay families closer to their school and reduces transportation time

Lower Operational Costs

  • Lowers operational cost by $2 million annually

Utilizes Key Existing Investments

  • Over 83,000SF of past bond square footage saved. Over 20% of new facilities will utilize existing square footage

 

Educational Goals of the Bond Proposal

  • Create Spaces for All Learners
  • Enhance Design Process Curriculum
  • Provide for Project-Based Learning
  • Facilitate One Anchor Bay Culture
  • Increase Educational Opportunities for our Students
  • Establish Personalized and Connected Learning Environments
  • Locate all 16 CTE Programs at Anchor Bay High School
  • Integrate Career Exploration Classes for K12 Students

 

Additional Information

Developing the Bond Proposal

     Planning for the November 2022 bond proposal started in the summer of 2021 with an in-depth facility review process. The review had five guiding principles:

  • enhancing educational programming by developing meaningful connections between classroom experiences for students and their future academic and career goals. At all grade levels, we want to place a stronger focus on Career Preparation and STEM programming;
  • · addressing aging infrastructure in our buildings by updating mechanical systems, temperature controls, roofing, and paving;
  • correcting geographical concerns by reducing student transportation costs and reducing the amount of time students spend on buses every day;
  • improving safety and security measures by enhancing building security and video surveillance at all facilities, installing emergency alert systems, adding classroom security door hardware, and strengthening building entrance security; and,
  • increasing building efficiency by reducing operational costs.

     To develop the plan, Anchor Bay staff and administrators worked with architectural and construction management specialists to identify and address short- and long-term facility needs. This draft plan was shared with residents and staff members to gain feedback about the project list. The next step in the process requires taking the finalized proposal for review and approval by the Michigan Department of Treasury. Once the proposal is approved, the Board will vote to place the bond proposal on the November ballot.

  The bottom line of the plan is that educational facilities in the Anchor Bay School District will be upgraded and structured to meet the educational needs of students. What is being proposed will take several years to complete.

     The plan will be completed in phases to prevent interruptions to student learning. In addition, students will be able to complete their education at their current school before implementation of the total plan.

 

 

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