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APS discussion on 2020 bond proposal continues

Submitted by on November 12, 2019 – 12:56 amNo Comment

Another discussion on a potential bond proposal for Alpena Public Schools was held Monday, during a board of education property committee meeting.

During the meeting, Superintendent John VanWagoner released a preliminary list of projects that voters may or may not be asked to support in 2020 or beyond.

What may be most telling about the list is what was not included, such as a new Ella White Elementary School building. According to a small sampling of residents, that was one project that appeared to be a losing proposition for APS last May, when more than 62 percent of the electorate voted no for a large bond proposal that would have raised approximately $63 million.

VanWagoner’s preliminary list consists primarily of roofs, heating systems, security improvements and lighting efficiency upgrades.

VanWagoner was expected to speak with the Michigan Department of Treasury Monday afternoon, on pre-application requirements for a bond proposal, possible dates for a 2020 ballot initiative, and other bond and ballot-related questions. He plans to report back to the full board of education when it meets next Monday. Included in that conversation may be the price tag for his preliminary list of projects, which touches all nine APS school buildings, but not Sunset or the administrative offices off Gordon Road.

VanWagoner said he is fearful that some of the items on his list, such as roofs or boiler systems, may fail within the next year or two, which would require the closing of a building until emergency repairs are completed.