MAPS considers bond proposal in light of growing class sizes

MAPS considers bond proposal in light of growing class sizes

MARQUETTE — Marquette Area Public Schools is the largest school district in the Upper Peninsula and it’s still growing.

In order to meet their growing class size, some changes need to be made. In order to finance those changes, MAPS is considering a new bond proposal. The district wants to add elementary classroom space, more gym space, and renovate the track and football field.

“If it’s constructing a new building, you might as well construct the elementary classrooms, because you’re probably going to spend more on a brand new building than you’re going to to add on to one of our existing buildings,” said Superintendent Bill Saunders.

In total, the proposed projects could cost up to $8 million and the board wants to pass an almost $6.3 million bond. Taxpayers wouldn’t see an increase, but they would see an extension in the current bond from 2020 to 2030.

The board could vote as early as next Monday.