KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- A bond committee appointed by the Kalamazoo School Board to look into the district’s infrastructure needs for the next few years, is recommending that the board seek a 7/10’s of a mil increase this May to fund a $62-million bond issue for school maintenance and improvements.
Committee co-Chair Namita Sharma says they put a lot of hard work into it. Half the money would be spent on routine maintenance; fixing roofs replacing boilers and buses, computers, playground equipment and all the other things that wear out or break or become obsolete.
The bond would also fund relocating their bus transportation center away from Edison Elementary, replacing the north building at Milwood Elementary, add an Auxiliary Gym at Kalamazoo Central, and make improvements at over a dozen other schools.
Committee Co-Chair Ken Greschak also presented the results of a survey that showed considerable community support and satisfaction with the operation and performance of the Kalamazoo Schools.
It also indicated that voters would not only support this millage request, but an even larger one. A 7/10’s of a mil increase would cost the homeowner with a 100-thousand dollar home about $35 in additional taxes each year.