School district plans upgrades if bond passes

School district plans upgrades if bond passes

FELCH — Schools across the UP have been doing their best to upgrade their equipment and facilities, and North Dickinson School is no different. ABC 10’s Sarah Mac has more on how the school is trying to make a proposed bond affordable for area residents and how the funds will help the school if passed.

Voters will have a lot to consider March 8th when they take to the polls. Including a bond proposed by North Dickinson County School. The school is hoping voters will vote in favor of a one mil increase to their property tax for the next three years to cover different updates that the school needs to make.

Like refurbishing the library, adding to new buses to the fleet, and purchasing new technology and equipment to help with state mandates and to help with classroom learning.

North Dickinson County School Superintendent and Principal Angel Inglese says, “We’re hoping to update two computer labs, our middle school and high school computer labs. Our students have to take online testing now for their state exams and we have to have the technology that will cover the test. We’re also hoping to buy 30 iPads for our elementary staff to share, to use in their classrooms and share amongst grades K through five.”

These funds will also help update the school’s telephone lines so that they are E–911 compliant with a new law that will soon go into effect.

The staff is working with the school board to lower the current sinking fund mil from two mils to one, in order to make this proposed mil more affordable for tax payers.

North Dickinson County School Business manager Mike Roell says, “What our board has agreed to do is roll that back to one mil for that same three year period, so there will not be a significant increase in taxes. It’s very minimal.”

According to Roell, those with property valued at $100,000 will see an increase of $1.79 per year and for those with property valued at $50,000 will see an $0.88 increase.

The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 8th.