2017-03-15 / Opinion

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A letter to Peck community voters

Dear Editor:

The Peck School Board has scheduled an election for a bond issue on May 2, 2017, to upgrade and renovate facilities for May 2, 2017. The election polls, in the Peck High School Media Center, will open on the 2nd at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Absentee ballots will be available beginning March 18th, from your Township Office. There was an informational meeting regarding the bond on January 19th and there will be two more in April on the 12th and 27th, at 6 p.m., in the High School Media Center.

In addition to community informational meetings, residents can call the district central office anytime to ask questions or get information. The district’s contact information is phone (810) 378-5200, ext. 3099 or 3199. Email johnsonf@peckschools.net or kerrb@peckschools.net. There is also information about the bond on the district website, peckschools.org. Finally, anytime you would like to stop in and look at the facilities it can be arranged by calling the numbers above.

The primary purpose of the election is to enhance student safety and security, and to assure that schools, school facilities, equipment and technology are updated and in good repair. The bond proposal will impact all of our students.

Voters residing within the boundaries of the Peck Community School District will vote to extend the current tax rate to fund updates, renovation, and construction in five general areas:

Improving student safety and school security

Upgrading technology

Replacing windows, doors and other facility components

Improving athletic facilities

Purchasing buses

A list of the projects in the facilities proposal appears on the district’s website, www.peckschools.org.

This proposal is on the ballot to assure that Peck’s instructional program remains up-to-date, that the learning environment is safe and secure, and that our schools and educational facilities remain a source of community pride.

The Peck Board Members feel they have an obligation to offer the community the opportunity to improve and upgrade their student’s learning environment at zero millage increase. If the bond issue is approved by the voters, the District expects that there will be zero increase in the school debt millage levied for the new bonds as compared to District’s current debt millage.

Please make sure you vote on May 2nd at the polls or any time before then by absentee ballot.

Frank Johnson,

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