Dearborn Public Schools is asking voter approval on a bond in November 2019.
With existing bonds expiring, the District can generate approximately $240 million from the sale of new bonds without increasing the current millage rate. This bond would not increase tax rates for residents.
The District is calling the proposal BRICS because the funded projects focus on Buildings, Renovations, Infrastructure, Capacity and Safety.
A bond committee has been working to winnow a list of $500 million in needed capital improvements, plus additional possible expenses for items like security, capacity, technology and educational upgrades.
Shortly after the Infrastructure Task Force, comprised of staff and community members, presented their recommendations to the Board of Education in October 2018, the District began moving forward with a detailed review of the infrastructure needs at each of the district’s 34 buildings, which equates to more than 3 million square feet of space.
Working with staff from the Operations Department, representatives from Plante Moran CRESA (PMC) visited each school to meet with the principal and engineer. Together they toured the school and developed a comprehensive list of infrastructure needs. The team from PMC planned to meet again with each principal and engineer to prioritize the list.
Tom Wall, Executive Director of Business Services and Operations, organized a District Strategic Bond Steering Committee (DSBSC) comprised of staff from the Operations, Technology, and Student Services departments, along with Cabinet members and representatives from each of the district’s unions. This group has the task of reviewing the comprehensive list of building needs totaling well over $500 million, prioritizing those needs, and creating a comprehensive plan to address capital improvements in all buildings over the next several years.
At the foundation of all this work is the original recommendations from the Citizens Task Force which includes:
- First priority- infrastructure
- Second priority- meeting current and future capacity needs
- Third priority- school safety and security
- Fourth priority- continue increasing the number of air conditioned facilities or other priorities identified by the Board of Education on a funds available basis.