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November 7, 2017 Bond Proposal

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Wayland Union Schools will ask voters to approve a $19.25 million bond proposal on November 7, 2017. This proposal will be at zero mills meaning no increase to homeowner's current tax rate.

This bond proposal has been scaled down from the May 2 Bond Proposal focusing on the immediate needs of the district:

  • Safety & Security
  • Educational Space
  • Maintenance of  current facilities
  • Climate control
  • Replacement of unusable tennis courts

Safety & Security


  • Middle & High Schools will receive security system upgrades
  • Pine Street will receive a new elevator, fire safety upgrades and intercom system
  • Middle School will add a secure vestibule to main entrance

Educational Space & Technology


  • 12 new classrooms with the addition of a new wing at the Middle School
  • Remodel High School Media Center
  • New classroom furnishings at all elementary buildings
  • Upgraded technology at Baker, Dorr, Steeby, Pine and Middle Schools

Maintenance of Facilities


  • Remove/Replace roofing at Baker Elementary and High School
  • Mechanical upgrades to Baker, Pine Street, and Middle Schools
  • Upgrade Emergency Generator and Lighting at Middle School
  • Replace hardware and doors at the High School
  • Electrical upgrades to Middle School
  • Replace exterior siding at High School with aluminum panels
  • Update plumbing fixtures/restrooms at Baker Elementary, Steeby Elementary, Dorr Elementary, and High School
  • Kitchen upgrades at Middle School

Climate Control


  • Air Conditioning at Baker Elementary Early Childhood Wing
  • Air Conditioning at Steeby Gym

Athletic Upgrades


  • Replace unusable tennis courts at the middle school with 12 new courts on Wildcat Drive
  • Remove high school tennis courts and replace for added parking
  • Remodel press box at high school stadium and install roof paver system
  • Gym scoreboard and bleacher upgrades at Middle School Gym



Ballot Language

Ballot Language



Shall Wayland Union School District, Allegan, Barry and Kent Counties, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Nineteen Million Two Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($19,250,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, for the purpose of:

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 and improving athletic facilities, driveways, parking areas, and sites?

The following is for informational purposes only:

The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2018, under current law, is 0.00 mill ($0.00 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 1.59 mills ($1.59 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 borrowing is $5,876,613 and the estimated total interest to be paid thereon is $3,870,575. The estimated duration of the millage levy associated with that borrowing is 13 years and the estimated computed millage rate for such levy is 8.40 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 $131,654.

(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

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How Much Will it Cost Me?

Zero Mill Increase

The $19.25 Million Bond Proposal on November 7, 2017 is a Zero Mill increase. If passed, this will not increase current millage rates.  The passing of the bond will not add mills to homeowner's current tax rate.   This is a result of the increase in property values over the last five years.  The District is able to bond the $19.25 million with a zero increase in millage rates.

Polling Locations

Polling Locations for Wayland Union School District Residents

Deadline to register to vote on November 7 is October 10, 2017.  
Voter Registration Information

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

Dorr Township P2 & P3 and Byron Township Kent County voters:
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 Center Township Kent County voters will vote at Dorr Township for the Nov. 7 election

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

Phone: (269) 792-2181
Extension: 3010