Almont voters may be going to the polls for second try

 

ALMONT — The Almont school board was scheduled to meet for a work session and conduct a special meeting, both on April 16.

According to agendas published on the school’s website, at the work shop session, the board would hear updates on the STEAM program and the district’s summer school program.

They were expected to discuss an update from the maintenance department as well as appove a lawn maintenance contract renewal for the upcoming mowing season.

Supt. Kimberly VonHiltmayer planned to give an update on the bond issue and share the 2024-2025 district calendar with the board.

VonHiltmayer said the district had an April 10 meeting with the State Treasury Department regarding the potential August election of a second try for a bond proposal.

The first bond issue, a $58.4 million proposal failed by a wide margin on February 27.

The board has since developed a scaled back version of a bond issue, projected to be around $32 million.

At a meeting earlier this month, the board agreed to cut out the proposed $16 million field house along with a solar project and other reductions to get the bond amount down to just over half of what was requested in February.

If the bond issue goes to another vote in August, the bulk of the money is planned for the high school, to the tune of around $14 million. Another $1.1 million each was slated for both the Almont Middle School and Orchard Primary.

The board agreed earlier this month to ask at least two questions on the ballot. One would be for just under $23 million.

The second proposal would be asking for $9.8 million with a majority of that funding going towards new classrooms for the lower level Middle School and Orchard Primary, if the bond were to be passed.

With a short turnaround time to get the issue on the ballot for August, Supt. VonHiltmayer said it was important to get clear information out to voters in a short period of time.

School officials have not said yet that they intend to have town hall meetings, as was the case with the first proposal.

It’s anticipated the public will have opportunity to voice their opinions at upcoming board meetings