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Belding Area Schools
Voters said “yes” on Tuesday to a $21.5 million tax neutral bond for Belding Area Schools with no increase to the current millage rate.
The final tally was 907 “yes” votes to 655 “no” votes — a difference of 58% to 42%. Voter turnout was at 14.6%.
Voters said “yes” to a $21.5 million tax neutral bond for Belding Area Schools today with no increase to the current millage rate.
The final tally was 907 “yes” votes to 655 “no” votes — a difference of 58% to 42%.
Please vote “yes” on the school bond proposal in your district — Belding, Greenville or Lakeview. Students across the counties need your vote for a safe, healthy and rigorous learning environment in their schools.
Belding Area Schools officials are hoping voters will say “yes” on May 3 to a $21.5 million tax neutral bond with no increase to the current millage rate.
If approved, the bond would fund safety and security improvements, overall infrastructure, climate control, parking and transportation, as well as provide new places to play. Voters would not see a millage increase, just continued maintenance of the district’s current seven-year levy.
As classroom learning has had its fair share of challenges over the past couple of months due to quarantines, COVID cases and other lurking factors, the majority of middle and elementary students at Belding Area Schools are showing strong growth in most subjects.
In some cases, Superintendent Brent Noskey estimates the district might be on pace with some of the top schools in the nation when it comes to student growth based on data collected from the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA).
In just a few short months, Belding voters will have to decide on a bond proposal that could see Belding Area Schools generate approximately $21 million over the course of several years.
The proposal, which will go before voters in the May 3 election, is for a no increase bond, meaning residents won’t see an increase to their tax rates.
Who are you? Brent Noskey, Lowell, age 53, superintendent of Belding Area Schools.
Aiming for safe transportation for all students, the Belding Area Schools Board of Education approved a request to upgrade the transportation department’s bus video camera system.
During Monday’s meeting, the school board unanimously approved the $76,288.30 purchase from AngelTrax, based in Alabama.
With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, Belding Area Schools Superintendent Brent Noskey says the district might transfer to remote learning for a week or so if things don’t improve.
During Monday’s Board of Education meeting, Noskey updated board members about COVID-related challenges.