Frequently Asked Questions

When is the election?

Tuesday, May 2, 2017.  The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.  Absentee ballots will be available after March 25th.

Why is this bond election necessary?

The primary purpose of the bond election is to renovate and upgrade schools and school facilities, to upgrade technology and technology infrastructure, and to replace school buses when they reach the end of their useful life.
The bond proposal is necessary to assure that Chippewa Valley’s schools and school facilities are up-to-date and in good repair.  It was designed to protect the community’s investment in its schools.   
The bond proposal will affect every Chippewa Valley School District student, school and school facility.  

The bond projects fall into seven basic categories:

  1. Improving school parking lots and sidewalks
  2. Replacing selected roofing, mechanical, and electrical systems
  3. Upgrading classrooms and other instructional spaces
  4. Upgrading elementary school play areas and secondary school athletic facilities
  5. Updating technology infrastructure and providing more computing devices for classroom use and instructional purposes
  6. Enhancing school security and student safety
  7. Maintaining a safe bus fleet by replacing school buses when they reach the end of their useful life

How will the bond proposal affect my taxes?

If voters approve the bond proposal, the current tax rate will increase by one-half mill.  A person living in a $200,000 home would pay $50 per year (or less than $1 per week) in additional taxes.  Some homeowners would pay more, and some homeowners would pay less. 

What is included in the bond proposal?

There are well over one hundred projects in the bond proposal.  If approved by voters, the bond proposal work will affect every Chippewa Valley school and school facility.

Below is a complete list of bond proposal projects:

CHEROKEE ELEMENTAY SCHOOL
replace interior doors
reconstruct masonry walls
replace vinyl flooring/carpeting
replace restroom partitions
refinish gym floor
replace selected doors/frames
install classroom door locks
replace door hardware
replace chillers and pumps
add cooling to IT closets
install water bottle stations
upgrade temperature controls
replace selected site concrete
replace selected asphalt paving
upgrade play areas
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

CHEYENNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
replace selected roofing
replace Kalwall dome
reconstruct masonry walls
replace vinyl flooring/carpeting
install classroom door locks
replace water heater
replace boilers and pumps
replace HVAC equipment
add cooling to IT closets
install water bottle stations
upgrade temperature controls
replace selected site concrete
replace selected asphalt paving
upgrade play areas
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

CLINTON VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
replace selected roofing
replace exterior doors
reconstruct cafeteria soffit
replace metal panels above windows
replace vinyl flooring/carpeting
replace restroom partitions
replace door hardware
install classroom door locks
replace interior doors
replace sinks in boys’ restroom
replace boilers and pumps
replace HVAC equipment
add cooling to IT closets
install water bottle stations
upgrade temperature controls
replace selected site concrete
replace selected asphalt paving
upgrade play areas
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

ERIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
replace selected roofing
replace vinyl flooring/carpeting
replace restroom partitions
upgrade classroom casework
install classroom door locks
replace chillers
replace HVAC equipment
add cooling to IT closets
install water bottle stations
upgrade temperature controls
replace selected site concrete
upgrade play areas
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

FOX ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
replace selected roofing
replace selected exterior doors/panels
replace vinyl flooring/carpeting
replace restroom partitions
replace door hardware
upgrade classroom casework
install classroom door locks
replace boilers and pumps
replace HVAC equipment
add cooling to IT closets
install water bottle stations
upgrade temperature controls
replace selected site concrete
replace selected asphalt paving
upgrade play areas
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

HURON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
replace selected roofing
replace selected exterior doors
replace vinyl flooring/carpeting
replace door hardware
install classroom door locks
replace interior doors
replace HVAC equipment
add cooling to IT closets
install water bottle stations
upgrade temperature controls
replace selected site concrete
replace selected asphalt paving
upgrade play areas
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

MIAMI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
replace selected roofing
replace exterior doors and frames
replace interior doors
replace restroom partitions
upgrade classroom casework
replace door hardware
install classroom door locks
reconstruct interior walls
replace HVAC equipment
add cooling to IT closets
install water bottle stations
upgrade temperature controls
replace selected site concrete
replace selected asphalt paving
upgrade play areas
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

MOHAWK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
replace selected roofing
replace selected exterior door panels
replace gym and stage flooring
replace restroom partitions
upgrade classroom casework
install classroom door locks
reconstruct masonry walls
add cooling to IT closets
replace selected air handling units
install water bottle stations
upgrade temperature controls
replace selected site concrete
replace selected asphalt paving
upgrade play areas
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

OJIBWA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
replace selected roofing
rework wall below 2nd floor windows
replace vinyl flooring/carpeting
replace restroom partitions
install classroom door locks
add cooling to IT closets
replace computer lab air conditioning unit
replace select air handling unit
install water bottle stations
upgrade temperature controls
replace selected site concrete
replace selected asphalt paving
upgrade play areas
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

OTTAWA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
replace selected roofing
replace exterior doors and frames
replace interior doors
replace carpeting
install classroom door locks
recover gym divider wall
add cooling to IT closets
install water bottle stations
upgrade temperature controls
replace selected site concrete
replace selected asphalt paving
upgrade play areas
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

SEQUOYAH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
install motorized divider wall in gym
replace exterior doors and frames
replace restroom partitions
install classroom door locks
replace chiller
add cooling to IT closets
install water bottle stations
upgrade temperature controls
replace selected site concrete
replace selected asphalt paving
upgrade play areas
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

SHAWNEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
replace selected roofing
replace restroom partitions
replace vinyl flooring/carpeting
install classroom door locks
replace HVAC equipment
add cooling to IT closets
install water bottle stations
upgrade temperature controls
replace selected site concrete
replace selected asphalt paving
upgrade play areas
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

ALGONQUIN MIDDLE SCHOOL
replace exterior doors and frames
replace interior doors
replace selected casework
replace vinyl flooring/carpeting
replace entrance canopy soffit
reconfigure Main Office area
install classroom door locks
replace HVAC equipment
add cooling to IT closets
install water bottle stations
upgrade temperature controls
replace lighting in music area
replace lighting at entrance soffit
replace selected site concrete
replace selected asphalt paving
upgrade athletic fields
resurface track
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

IROQUOIS MIDDLE SCHOOL
replace door hardware
replace selected roofing
replace interior doors
replace vinyl flooring/carpeting
reconstruct masonry walls
install classroom door locks
add cooling to IT closets
replace selected air handling units
install water bottle stations
upgrade temperature controls
replace selected site concrete
replace selected asphalt paving
upgrade athletic fields
resurface track
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

SENECA MIDDLE SCHOOL
replace loading dock leveler
replace vinyl flooring/carpeting
install classroom door locks
add cooling to IT closets
install water bottle stations
upgrade temperature controls
replace selected site concrete
replace selected asphalt paving
upgrade athletic fields
resurface track
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

WYANDOT MIDDLE SCHOOL
replace interior doors
install classroom door locks
replace HVAC equipment
add cooling to IT closets
install water bottle stations
upgrade temperature controls
replace selected site concrete
replace selected asphalt paving
upgrade athletic fields
resurface track
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

CHIPPEWA VALLEY NINTH GRADE CENTER
replace interior doors
replace carpeting
replace restroom partitions
upgrade classroom casework
install classroom door locks
add cooling to IT closet
install water bottle stations
replace select air handing units
upgrade temperature controls
replace selected site concrete
replace selected asphalt paving
upgrade athletic fields
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

DAKOTA NINTH GRADE CENTER
replace restroom partitions
install classroom door locks
add cooling to IT closet
install water bottle stations
upgrade temperature controls
replace selected site concrete
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

CHIPPEWA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
replace selected roofing
replace exterior doors and frames
replace interior doors
reconstruct masonry walls
replace carpeting
replace restroom partitions
upgrade classroom casework
replace door hardware
install classroom door locks
replace west entrance curtainwall
upgrade auditorium sound system, curtains, seating
upgrade plumbing
replace boiler system
replace chillers and pumps
add cooling to IT closets
install water bottle stations
upgrade temperature controls
upgrade lighting in Band Room
replace lighting in Natatorium and Media Center
replace selected site concrete
replace selected asphalt paving
upgrade athletic fields
replace synthetic turf
resurface track
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

DAKOTA HIGH SCHOOL
replace selected roofing
replace interior doors
reconstruct masonry wall
replace/cover glass block areas
replace indoor track surface
replace restroom partitions
replace loading dock leveler
install classroom door locks
install exterior sign
upgrade auditorium sound system, curtains, seating
upgrade plumbing
replace boiler system
replace HVAC equipment
add cooling to IT closets
install pool boiler
install water bottle stations
upgrade temperature controls
replace lighting in Natatorium
replace restroom hand dryers
replace selected site concrete
replace selected asphalt paving
upgrade athletic fields
improve south side site drainage
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

MOHEGAN ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
replace selected roofing
replace Main Office carpet
replace classroom carpet
replace casework hardware
install classroom door locks
raise and stabilize Main Office floor
replace HVAC equipment
add cooling to IT closets
install water bottle stations
upgrade temperature controls
replace selected site concrete
replace selected asphalt paving
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

LITTLE TURTLE PRE-SCHOOL
replace shingle roofing
install classroom door locks
upgrade temperature controls
replace selected site concrete
upgrade play areas
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping
replace selected furniture/equipment
upgrade non-instructional technology
upgrade furniture

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES BUILDING
replace selected roofing
replace overhead doors
replace windows
replace soffit at loading dock area
replace curriculum area carpeting
replace walk-in refrigerators/freezers
replace boilers and pumps
modify cooling in computer server room
replace selected air handling units
upgrade temperature controls
replace site concrete
upgrade site furnishings/landscaping

MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS BUILDING
replace overhead doors
replace exterior doors and frames
install new panels over exterior masonry
replace siding door at storage area
replace boilers
replace HVAC equipment
upgrade temperature controls
replace selected site concrete
replace selected asphalt paving
replace fencing
replace safety bollards
replace selected furniture/equipment
purchase replacement buses

Why are buses included in the bond proposal?

Purchasing buses with bond revenue means that they don’t have to be financed by the general operating budget.  Without bond revenue, the cost of buses would have to be deducted from the operating budget.  This means taking money from the classroom and instructional programs, something most school districts can ill-afford. 

What will happen if voters do not approve the bond proposal?

Most of the proposed bond projects will not be addressed because they are well beyond the capacity of the general fund budget.

Will all bond revenue stay in the Chippewa Valley School District?

Yes.  All revenue from the bond proposal will stay in the Chippewa Valley School District.   The bond funds can only be used for bond proposal projects and cannot be used for salaries.

If the bond proposal is approved by voters, will property values be affected?

Real estate values tend to be higher in communities with school districts that offer a quality education program and have up-to-date school facilities.  Property values tend to be lower in communities that do not offer an adequate curriculum or that have schools that are out-of-date and poorly maintained.  Remodeling and upgrading school buildings and facilities tends to protect the community’s investment in the school district. 

Why is the election in May?

A May election will allow the school district to begin some projects during the summer months when students are not in school.

What technology is included in the bond proposal?

The bond proposal provides for updating wireless networks, replacing teacher computers, and refreshing the school district’s interactive 21st Century classrooms.  It also provides for the purchase of 158 laptop carts to support new curriculum initiatives.  These laptop carts will enable students to have a laptop for classroom use in their collaborative projects and research.  In all, over 9,000 computer devices will be purchased over time. 
At the elementary level, laptops will be used in the school district’s new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) classes, and at the middle school level this technology will be used in new Global Challenge courses.  New technology will also be used to support the English Language Arts Program in all K-12 classrooms.

What is a bond proposal?

A bond is a State-approved funding process that specifies a set scope of projects.  When voters approve a bond, the money specified in the bond proposal is borrowed and the school district makes payments over a period of years, much like a homeowner pays a mortgage.  Bonds are usually issued for 20-30 years.
The 25-year bond proposal on the May 2nd ballot will authorize the Chippewa Valley School District to issue bonds in the amount of $89.95 million.  The proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be used to pay for the projects included in the bond proposal. 

Bonds can be used to finance long-term assets such as:

  • Constructing new school buildings
  • Constructing additions to existing school buildings
  • Remodeling existing school buildings
  • Energy conservation improvements
  • Land purchases
  • Site development and improvements
  • Athletic and physical education facility development and improvements
  • Playground development and improvements
  • Refunding debt (if new present value savings can be demonstrated)
  • Direct bond program costs such as professional fees, election fees, issuance costs, qualification fees, insurance fees, final audit costs
  • School bus purchases
  • Loose furnishings and equipment purchasing
  • Technology purchases limited to hardware and communication devices that transmit, receive or compute information for pupil instructional purposes only. The initial purchase of operating system and customized application software is allowed if purchased with the initial hardware.

Bonds cannot be used for:

  • Salaries, supplies, service contracts, lease payments, installment contracts
  • Repairs, maintenance, or maintenance agreements
  • Purchasing automobiles, trucks, or vans
  • Portable classrooms purchased for temporary use
  • Uniforms
  • Textbooks
  • Upgrades to an existing computer operating system or application software
  • Computer training, computer consulting, or computer maintenance contracts

Can any of the bond proposal funds be used for employee salaries or operating expenses?

No.  Bond proposal funds cannot be used for staff wages, salaries, or operational costs.  They also cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs or other operating expenses.  Bond proposal funds must be used only for purposes specified in the ballot language, and, as required by State law, they must be audited.

What is the ballot proposal wording?

Below is the actual ballot wording.  A YES vote means that you are in favor of the bond proposal; a NO vote means that you are opposed to the bond proposal.
CHIPPEWA VALLEY SCHOOLS
COUNTY OF MACOMB
STATE OF MICHIGAN
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT BOND PROPOSITION
Shall the Chippewa Valley Schools, County of Macomb, State of Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Eighty-Nine Million Nine Hundred Fifty Thousand ($89,950,000) Dollars and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, in one or more series, for the purpose of paying for the cost of the following projects:
 
  • Remodeling, equipping, re-equipping, furnishing, re-furnishing school buildings, playgrounds, athletic fields and other facilities to enhance safety and security and for other purposes;
  • Acquiring and installing technology equipment and technology infrastructure in school buildings and other facilities; and
  • Preparing, developing and improving sites at school buildings, playgrounds, athletic fields and other facilities and the purchase of school buses?
                                                    YES                            
                                                    NO                              
    The maximum number of years any series of bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of refunding, is not more than twenty-five (25) years; the estimated millage that will be levied to pay the proposed bonds in the first year is 0.50 mills (which is equal to $0.50 per $1,000 of taxable value); and the estimated simple average annual millage that will be required to retire each series of bonds is 1.34 mills annually ($1.34 per $1,000 of taxable value).
     
If approved by the voters, the bonds will be guaranteed by the State under the School Bond Qualification and Loan Program (the “Program”).  The School District currently has $424,095,000 of qualified bonds outstanding and approximately $31,696,908 of qualified loans outstanding under the Program.  The School District expects to borrow from the Program to pay debt service on these bonds.  The estimated total principal amount of additional borrowing is $22,578,684 and the estimated total interest thereon is $56,364,019.  The estimated duration of the millage levy associated with that borrowing is 23 years and the estimated computed millage rate for such levy is 9.14.  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 teacher, administrator or employee salaries, repair or maintenance costs or other operating expenses.)

What is the "estimated simple average annual debt millage" of 1.34 mills referenced in the three paragraphs at the bottom of the ballot?

Most voters find the legally required three paragraphs at the bottom of the ballot confusing.  The simple average debt millage is the estimate of the amount of additional debt mills required to be levied annually to fully repay the proposed qualified bonds and the loans borrowed from the State School Bond Qualification and Loan Program. This average annual debt millage is an estimate of the cost to the taxpayers of the proposed Bonds over the full life of the Bonds.  However, repayment of loans from the School Bond Qualification and Loan Program is capped.  Hence, something unanticipated such as an economic downturn affecting property values could mean that the millage would need to be adjusted to make sure that the loans are repaid on time.  What the legalese does not say is that the loans could be paid off earlier if property values continue to increase as they are projected to do.

Who pays the debt millage and what will it cost?

The debt millage is levied every year on residential and non-residential property in the School District.  

Why doesn't lottery money pay for schools?

On many lottery tickets it says that the Michigan lottery supports education.  BUT here is what generally has happened to lottery revenue:  Say the lottery generates $1 million.  That money goes to the State of Michigan’s general fund.  The State of Michigan then puts the $1 million in lottery money in the school aid fund BUT the State has a history of taking an equal amount (and, on occasion, even more) from the school aid fund and putting it back in the general fund.  That makes the net gain for education zero or worse.  The Michigan lottery frequently has been trumpeted as the answer to educational funding.  That has never been the case, yet many Michiganders continue to wonder how schools spent “all the lottery money.”   Truth be told, lottery money has not made a significant difference in school funding. 

Who can vote in the bond proposal election?

Residents of the Chippewa Valley School District who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, and are registered to vote by April 3, 2017.

Where can I get information about voting (such as how to register, where to vote, and absentee voting)?

Go to the Michigan Voter Information website (webapps.sos.state.mi.us)  or call the Clerk’s Office where you reside.

Clinton Township Clerk
Kim Meltzer
40700 Romeo Plank Rd.
Clinton Twp. 48038
Elections: (586) 286-9420
Email: clerk@clintontownship.com
Website: http://clintontownship.com/clerk--elections.html  
Clinton Township Absentee Ballot Application

 
Macomb Township Clerk
Kristi L. Pozzi
54111 Broughton Rd., 2nd Floor
Macomb, 48044
Elections: (586) 992-0710 ext. 3
Email: clerks@macomb-mi.gov 
Website: https://www.macomb-mi.gov/183/Elections 
Macomb Township Absentee Ballot information

Do I need to update my voter registration?

You need to update your voter registration if you have changed your name or address since the last time you voted.  You can do this at any Secretary of State Office or at the Clerk’s Office where you reside.  

Can I vote absentee ballot?

Registered voters can vote by absentee ballot if they meet one of the following:
1. They expect to be out of town on Election Day;
2. They are 60 years of age or older;
3. They are unable to vote without assistance at the polls; or,
4. They cannot attend the polls due to religious reasons.
Absentee ballots will be available to voters after March 25.  The Clerk will mail absentee ballot applications to residents on the permanent absentee voter list before or shortly after March 25.  After March 25, voters can complete their absentee ballot application and vote in one stop at their Clerk’s Office.  The whole process takes less than five minutes.

Get more information about the bond election and answers to your questions...

  • Call any Chippewa Valley School District principal
  • Call Superintendent of Schools Ron Roberts at 586/723-2000 or email him at rroberts@cvs.k12.mi.us