Bond Info

design of trees growing2017 Bond Proposals

Vote May 2, 2017

As part of the District's Strategic Plan, Wayland Union Schools recently conducted a facility needs assessment and an enrollment projection study.  Results indicate the district will see an increase of 264 students over the next five years. This is in addition to the 185 students we have seen in the last five years. Our current facilities, especially at the elementary level, cannot accommodate the number of projected students. There are also other facility needs outlined in the proposals below that were identified in the needs assessment.

On May 2, 2017, voters in the WUS district will be asked to vote on two proposals that will add a new elementary school, add a new wing to the middle school adding 6th grade to the building, improve security, add a new pool, keep our current facilities maintained, and more.  Click this link to see a complete list of projects by building and proposal.

Upcoming Information Nights:


February 23, 7pm  Fine Arts Center Grand Hall  (after the spaghetti dinner fundraiser at 6pm)
February 28, 7pm  Pine Street Media Center
March 1, 6pm   Dorr Elementary Media Center (prior to the Dorr PTO meeting)

Proposal 1

Proposal 1  - $34,100,000    1.98 mills

 

Infrastructure Upgrades & Learning Space Expansions

New Elementary School – In this proposal, a new 4th & 5th Elementary School would be built in Wayland on district owned property. The new school would be located on Wildcat Drive across from the Transportation Building.  Pine Street Elementary would close but Pine Street Gym would remain open and receive minor upgrades.

drawing of new elementary school concept

Baker, Dorr and Steeby Elementary Schools – Would receive interior upgrades, furnishings, mechanical and electrical upgrades. Includes some new doors and locks for improved security. Baker Preschool will receive air conditioning and Steeby will receive plumbing upgrades in student and public restrooms.

Wayland Union Middle School – A new 6th grade wing will be added to the existing building that includes 12 new teaching spaces and two large group/project areas.  A new secure entrance will be made along with other security improvements. Mechanical and electrical upgrades are included as well as additional parking.

drawing of middle school expansion

Wayland Union High School – Upgrades will be made in security, mechanical and electrical. The Stadium will receive upgrades to the press box and sound system. The unusable tennis courts will be removed and replaced with additional parking.

 

Proposal 2

Proposal 2 - $20,845,000   1.77 mills


New Pool & Additional Educational Space – The high school would receive a new, 10 lane competitive swimming pool that includes a dive area, new locker rooms, and a second floor viewing area.  The existing pool space would be converted to public locker rooms for fitness center and pool use, and new Robotics shop, Auto shop, and Cad Lab learning spaces. The old auto shop area would be converted to additional performing arts rooms for Band and Orchestra.

Stadium and Tennis Courts – The high school stadium will receive new synthetic turf. Twelve new tennis courts will be installed near the soccer stadium off of Wildcat Drive.

Master Site Plan

Master Site Plan 

PDF DocumentMaster Site Plan

master site plan drawing

Ballot Language

Ballot Language

PDF DocumentBallot Language for Proposals 1 & 2

Proposal 1

BONDING PROPOSAL

Shall Wayland Union School District, Allegan, Barry and Kent Counties, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Thirty-Four Million One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($34,100,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefore, for the purpose of:

erecting, furnishing and equipping a new elementary school building; erecting additions to a middle school building; remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing and equipping and re-equipping school buildings and athletic facilities; acquiring and installing instructional technology and instructional technology equipment for school buildings; and preparing, developing, equipping and improving playgrounds, play fields, parking areas, driveways and sites?

The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2017, under current law, is 1.98 mills ($1.98 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation). The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is twenty-five (25) years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 2.89 mills ($2.89 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).

The school district expects to borrow from the State School Bond Qualification and Loan Program to pay debt service on these bonds. The estimated total principal amount of that x ~ borrowing is $3,067,371 and the estimated total interest to be paid thereon is $2,378,449. The estimated duration of the millage levy associated with that borrowing is thirteen (13) years and the estimated computed millage rate for such levy is 10.38 mills. The estimated computed millage rate may change based on changes in certain circumstances.

The total amount of qualified bonds currently outstanding is $50,730,000. The total amount of qualified loans currently outstanding is approximately $153,690.

(Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries, or other operating expenses.)

 

Proposal 2

BONDING PROPOSAL

Shall Wayland Union School District, Allegan, Barry and Kent Counties, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Twenty Million Eight Hundred Forty-Five Thousand Dollars ($20,845,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, for the purpose of:

erecting, furnishing and equipping a new swimming pool facility addition to a school building; remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing and equipping and re equipping school buildings; acquiring and installing instructional technology and instructional technology equipment for a school building; and equipping, developing and improving athletic fields, athletic facilities and sites?

The following is for informational purposes only:

The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2017, under current law, is 1.77 mills ($1.77 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation). The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is twenty-five (25) years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 1.73 mills ($1.73 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).

The school district does not expect to borrow from the state to pay debt service on these bonds. The total amount of qualified bonds currently outstanding is $50,730,000. The total amount of qualified loans currently outstanding is approximately $153,690. The estimated computed millage rate may change based on changes in certain circumstances.

(Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries, or other operating expenses.)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

PDF DocumentFrequently Asked Questions

Polling Locations

Polling Locations for Wayland Union School District Residents


Voter Registration Information

City of Wayland Safety Complex (Fire Station), 160 W Superior St., Wayland

Dorr Township P2 & P3, St. Peters Lutheran Church, 4137 18th St., Dorr

Hopkins Township/Village Hopkins Village/Twp. Hall, 128 S. Franklin St.

Leighton Township 4451 12th St, Suite A, Wayland (next door to library)

Wayland Township Wayland Bradley Hall, 1060 129th Ave., Shelbyville

Yankee Springs Precinct 1 Yankee Springs Township Hall, 284 N. Briggs Road, Middleville, MI 49333

Yankee Springs Precinct 2 Yankee Springs Fire Station 1425 S. Payne Lake Road, Middleville, MI 49333

Byron Township Precinct 5 Byron Center Public Schools Admin. Gym, 8542 Byron Center Avenue

 

Facility Needs Overview

Facility Needs Overview

To get more information on the Facility Needs Assessment, view the notes from the Citizen's Committee meetings and view the Power Point slides from the public forums held this past year, please see the Facility Needs spotlight page.

For additional information, email your questions to Superintendent, Norm Taylor.

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Norman Taylor

Superintendent
Phone: (269) 792-2181
Extension: 3010