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NOVEMBER 6, 2018 BOND PROPOSAL

2018 School Bond proposal header; preserve our schools, protect our students with pictures of 6 school buildings, BPS logo, and 6 pictures of students


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LEARN MORE AT A "COFFEE WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT"

Stop by at a "Coffee with the Superintendent" and chat with the superintendent of Bedford Public Schools, Dr. Carl Shultz, to learn more about the bond proposal and ask any questions you may have. He will be at DaCapo, located at 7370 Lewis Ave in Temperance, MI, on the following dates and times:

Thurs., Sep. 27, 9:30 a.m.

Thurs., Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m.

Thurs., Nov.1, 5:30 p.m.

BOND FACTS

DATE OF ELECTION: Tuesday, November 6, 2018
AMOUNT: $35,340,000
MILLAGE AMOUNT REQUESTED: 1.99 mills
DURATION: 20 years

FOCUS ON PRESERVING OUR SCHOOLS AND
PROTECTING OUR STUDENTS

THIS BOND PROPOSAL WILL ADDRESS:
    • Essential needs for the district, its students, and its faculty
    • Critically needed repairs and restoration of aging facilities
    • Safety and security of our buildings

OUR STUDENTS AND FACULTY ARE OUR TOP PRIORITY.
Many bond updates will focus on safety & security upgrades.

OUR FACILITIES AVERAGE MORE THAN 50 YEARS OLD.
Critical upgrades and maintenance will improve efficiency and avoid costly repairs and continued patchwork. Improved mechanical systems will increase operational reliability and efficiency. This investment aims to preserve our existing school buildings for current and future students.

KEEPS THE FOCUS ON LEARNING.
Investing in our schools will allow more of our General Fund budget to be allocated to classroom learning vs. unexpected repairs and replacement of failing equipment.


KEY AREAS OF INVESTMENT

dollar bill graphic sectioned into Mechanical & Electrical Systems (44%), Exterior Projects (26%), Interior Projects (17%), and Safety & Security (12%)

MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS
• Provide or upgrade air conditioning to instructional facilities
• Plumbing upgrades/replacements
• LED lighting replacements at elementary buildings

EXTERIOR MAINTENANCE
• Replace and/or repave deteriorated parking lots
• Improve traffic flow and safety at High School/Junior High School campus
• Replace damaged concrete sidewalks
• Roof replacements

INTERIOR MAINTENANCE
• Upgrade restrooms facilities
• Replace interior doors and hardware
• Replace gym floor at Junior High
• Replace corridor and gym lockers at Junior High
• Replace gym bleachers at Junior High and High School to include handrails and safety features
• Replace original/older food service equipment at High School

SAFETY & SECURITY
• Install secure entrances at Junior High and High School
• Replace aging exterior doors and locks
• Access control/security/surveillance systems
• Window replacement for security and emergency egress
• Fire alarm/PA system upgrades to enhance emergency alert coverage
• Install new exterior and parking lot lighting


ALLOCATION OF BOND RESOURCES BY SCHOOL BUILDING

Pie chart with investment by building: Bedford High School (37.0%); Bedford Junior High School (25.7%); Jackman Road Elementary (13.1%); Douglas Road Elementary (11.7%); Smith Road Elementary (9.6%); and Monroe Road Elementary (2.5%)BEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL — 37.0%
      Year Built: 1964/Addition: 2000
      Age: 54/18 Years
      244,000 sq. ft.

BEDFORD JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL — 25.7%
      Year Built: 1969
      Age: 49 Years
      115,329 sq. ft.

JACKMAN ROAD ELEMENTARY — 13.1%
      Year Built: 1961
      Age: 57 Years
      58,412 sq. ft.

DOUGLAS ROAD ELEMENTARY — 11.7%
      Year Built: 1959
      Age: 59 Years
      55,073 sq. ft.

Bar chart with BPS buildings ages: DRE: 59; JRE: 57; BHS: 54/18; BJHS: 49; SRE: 49; MRE: 18SMITH ROAD ELEMENTARY — 9.6%
      Year Built: 1969
      Age: 49 Years
      59,000 sq. ft.

MONROE ROAD ELEMENTARY — 2.5%
      Year Built: 2001
      Age: 17 Years
      75,000 sq. ft.

 


PROPOSED PROJECTS BY SCHOOL BUILDING

BEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL:
* Replace Damaged Asphalt and Sidewalks
* Reconfigure Traffic Flow/Drop-Off Areas/Parking Lots for Safety
* Pave Student Parking Access Drive
* Air Condition All Classrooms & Upgrade Heating/Ventilation System
* Rest Room Upgrades
* New Windows & Doors
* Secure Entries at Main Office & Rear Entrance
* Security/Surveillance/Access Control/Mass Notification Systems
* Generator for Life/Safety & IT Systems
* Food Service Equipment Replacement
* Replace Wooden Bleachers
* New Fire Alarm
* New Roof
Total investment at Bedford High School: $12.8 million.

BEDFORD JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL:
* Replace Damaged Asphalt and Sidewalks
* Reconfigure Traffic Flow/Drop-Off Areas/Parking Lots for Safety
* Add Air Conditioning & Upgrade Heating/Ventilation System
* Rest Room & Locker Room Upgrades
* New Windows & Doors
* Secure Entry
* Security/Surveillance/Access Control/Mass Notification Systems
* New Fire Alarm
* New Roof
* New Gym Floor & Bleachers
* New Lockers
* New PA/Clock System
* Fence & Gate ReplacementsBEDFORD JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL:
Total investment at Bedford Junior High School: $8.8 million.

DOUGLAS ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
* Replace Damaged Asphalt and Sidewalks
* Reconfigure Drop-Off Area
* Replace Broken Storm Lines
* Add Air Conditioning & Upgrade Heating/Ventilation System
* Rest Room Upgrades
* Security/Surveillance/Access Control/Mass Notification Systems
* New Fire Alarm
* New Windows & Doors
* New Roof
Total investment at Douglas Road Elementary School: $4.1 million.

JACKMAN ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
* Add Air Conditioning & Upgrade Heating/Ventilation System
* Replace Damaged Asphalt and Sidewalks
* Restore Drop-Off Loop
* Rest Room Upgrades
* New Windows & Doors
* Security/Surveillance/Access Control/Mass Notification Systems
* New Fire Alarm
* Replace Sanitary Line
* New Roof
* New Lighting
Total investment at Jackman Road Elementary School: $4.5 million.

MONROE ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
* Replace Damaged Asphalt and Sidewalks
* Reconfigure Parent Drop-Off Loop
* Security/Surveillance/Access Control/Mass Notification Systems
* HVAC Upgrades
* New Carpet
Total investment at Monroe Road Elementary School: $900,000.

SMITH ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
* Replace Damaged Asphalt and Sidewalks
* New Roof
* Replace One Boiler
* Add Air Conditioning & Upgrade Heating/Ventilation System
* Security/Surveillance/Access Control/Mass Notification Systems
* Rest Room Upgrades
* New PA/Clock System
Total investment at Smith Road Elementary School: $3.3 million

* Some may ask why, as a "closed" school, Smith Road Elementary is listed here? SRE is a district facility that is actively being used. It houses the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), Head Start, ECSE, and the BridgePoint Church has been using a portion of the building for their preschool since their church was destroyed by fire. Our Technology Department is headquartered there and many students in our K-12 Robotics programs use space in the building. Some Community Education programs are also held at SRE. The district has also begun the process of reviewing options for the reopening of Smith Road Elementary as a school; this discussion is in the very early stages and more conversation about that will take place later on. We will keep you posted as that develops.


PROJECT TIMELINE

Bedford School Bond Proposal Initial Steps: Bond passes, sell bonds, design & planning work begins; bond sales complete, projects funded, multiphase plan rolled out Feb 2019; Phase 1 work begins Spring 2019

Obviously, the first step would have to be the passage of the bond proposal on the November 6th ballot. If the voters approve that, then the next steps will be the sale of the bonds to raise the funding to complete the projects. In the meantime, the planning and design work necessary for the projects will be underway.

The project scheduling will be based on the individual project variables and not solely by building. The advantage of the using bond funding for capital improvements, instead of a sinking fund, is that the entire project amount is available to use at the beginning. Work can begin at each school as appropriate for that building. If a sinking fund approach to financing were to be used for capital projects, funding would be available only in increments over time and that would require us to decide what project gets done at which building with the first payment, and then the second payment, and so on, until it is completed. Using bond financing, work can be going on simultaneously at all buildings; no school would have to wait several years for their turn.

The project schedule will depend on a few factors. One may be the complexity of the project. A rather straight-forward roof replacement project could begin relatively quickly once the bid process is complete. Another factor could be the need to complete one thing before starting on another. For example, the addition of air conditioning with the replacement of the heating/ventilation systems could be dependent on the electrical system work being completed first. A third factor could be the need for design approvals. A safe entry project requiring state approval adds time to the process while the plans are pending before the project can be bid out. One factor that we will be keeping in consideration throughout the process is the potential impact on instructional needs of the schools and we will seek to minimize disruption to the classroom environment and school functions. Some work will be scheduled over breaks to minimize that impact.

All of these decisions will be made by the superintendent and the school board in coordination with the professionals in their respective fields to ensure a realistic, logical, and efficient progression of projects. You will notice that the timeline graphic first shared here will become much more detailed as this process unfolds and the timeline expands to include all of the multiphase projects over the next couple of years.


USE OUR TAX CALCULATOR TO DETERMINE THE COST FOR YOUR HOUSEHOLD

Use the Tax Calculator link in the "More Info" Column on the left to determine the costs for YOUR household. It will show you what you are already paying in property taxes and then show you what your estimated tax bill would be if the bond passes. Your resulting changes will be shown as annual, monthly, and daily amounts.

You will be asked 5 pieces of information to complete YOUR calculation:

1) Your Annual Household Income
2) Your Taxable Value (Approximately 50% Home Market Value)
3) Are you a Senior or Disabled?
4) Is your property Homestead or Non-Homestead?
5) Which township is your property located in? (Bedford, Erie, or Whiteford Township)

HOW TO FIND THE ACTUAL TAXABLE VALUE OF YOUR HOME:
You can use this Check Property Information link (from the Bedford Township's "I want to" tab and choosing the "Check Property Information" and then selecting "Assessing Search" option) and
enter your address in the search bar.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOMESTEAD AND NON-HOMESTEAD?
Your property is homestead if it is your permanent home. Cottages, second homes, property you own and rent/lease to others, and college dormitories do not qualify as a homestead.

WHY DOES IT ASK FOR MY INCOME?
Households that pay homestead property taxes greater than 3.2% of their annual income may also be eligible for the State of Michigan's Homestead Property Tax Credit and your costs may be offset by that credit. Eligible households may deduct up to 60% (for senior citizens, that can be up to 100%) of the millage increase cost up to a $1,500 Homestead Tax Credit limit. If applicable, the tax calculator will then apply the appropriate credit for you and show you the result. A 100% credit would mean that your taxes would NOT increase at all because you would be credited for the entire millage amount that would otherwise apply to you. (To apply for the credit, you have to fill out form MI-1040CR and file with your taxes.)

For example, Household Resources of:
     $51,000 and less = 100.00% credit
     $51,001 = 90.00% credit
     $52,001 = 80.00% credit
     $53,001 = 70.00% credit
     $54,001 = 60.00% credit
     $55,001 = 50.00% credit
     $56,001 = 40.00% credit
     $57,001 = 30.00% credit
     $58,001 = 20.00% credit
     $59,001 = 10.00% credit
     $60,001 and over are no longer are eligible for credit.

Senior Household Resources of:
     $21,000 and less = 100% credit
     $21,001 = 96% credit
     $22,001 = 92% credit
     $23,001 = 88% credit
     $24,001 = 84% credit
     $25,001 = 80% credit
     $26,001 = 76% credit
     $27,001 = 72% credit
     $28,001 = 68% credit
     $29,001 = 64% credit
     $30,001 and over = 60% credit


HAVE A QUESTION?

Check out the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) by using the link in the left column. If you do not see your question addressed in that list, please email it to askbps@mybedford.us.


REMEMBER TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6TH!

Polls are open from 7 am - 8 pm.

Information on voting in Bedford Township, including how to register to vote (October 9th is the last day to do so!) and poll locations, is available using the link in the left column.