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Community to weigh in on needs of school district

Submitted by Andy Grambau on September 14, 2018 – 3:35 amNo Comment

Alpena Public Schools Superintendent John VanWagoner hopes to have a decision on the scope of a potential bond issue for buildings and grounds improvements by November.

A facility needs assessment was completed for the school district in 2014.

It revealed a list of wants and needs of about $120-million. VanWagoner is focusing just on the needs.  He plans to have the community weigh in on the final decisions.  In additional to holding public meetings, he plans to offer residents an opportunity to tour buildings with staff and the authors of the facility needs study.  That tour or tours will likely be held before the end of the month.

VanWagoner is currently working off a list of improvements that totals roughly $60 million.  Many of the upgrades are mechanical or electrical or security-driven.

Once a final list of improvements is developed, the school district plans to ask the community to support a bond issue to cover the cost.  Voters are expected to see that request on the ballot sometime in 2019.

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