This bond will NOT increase the current debt millage levy.
The Okemos School District currently levies 7.0000 mills to retire existing debt. The major portion of existing debt dates to the 1993 bonds that built Okemos High School and Bennett Woods Elementary School. All current debt will be paid in the 2021-22 school year. By extending the existing 7.0000 mill until 2024-25, the requested bond can be paid for with no increase in millage. Learn more about bonds and millages.
The Administrative Team of Okemos Public Schools has developed a contingency plan for needed updates if the May 7th bond proposal fails to receive a majority vote:
Bennett Woods expansion: canceled. Portable classrooms would be brought in to address overcrowding at the elementary level.
Technology: Most projects would be canceled, including the replacement of 1:1 Personal Learning Devices for all students. Instead, the district would repair existing technology as needed (estimated annual cost: $88,000) and replace the Kinawa 1:1 devices with funding from the General Fund to supply spares for other schools and additional students.
Transportation: Bus purchases would be canceled; district would lease 2 buses with funding from the General Fund.
Security Upgrades: All projects canceled, except the installation of 3M Window Strengthening Film (on building entry points only, not on all windows). This would be funded through the Building and Site/Sinking Fund.
Facility Upgrades and Capital Outlay: Air conditioning installation, furniture purchases, and auditorium upgrades would be canceled. A reduced portion of the remaining projects (full cost: $3.5 million) might be funded through the Building and Site/Sinking Fund. However, the Building and Site/Sinking Fund millage generates only $1.2 million annually, and projects for these funds have already been identified through Summer 2021. Therefore, all district projects would need to be re-prioritized and scheduled over a longer period of time.
The learning environment for our students would be significantly impacted by this situation.
District Information: Visit the district’s website to view a 10-minute informational video, download documents, and browse a Frequently Asked Questions page.
Community Forums: The Okemos Citizens Millage Committee will host several events during April to help our community better understand this bond proposal and what it would provide Okemos students. Please join us! Not able to attend? Download the slideshow here.
- April 10th | 7pm | Meridian Senior Center (Chippewa 7/8 School: 2125 Kinawa Dr)
- April 18th | 7pm | Playmakers Community Room (2299 W Grand River Ave)
Open Live on HOMTV: Thursday, April 11th 7-8 PM
Host Mark Bashore will interview Okemos Superintendent John Hood and Okemos Citizens Millage Committee co-chair Martha Hentz about the May 7th bond proposal. Viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions during the live program by calling 517.349.1232. Questions can also be asked on Twitter using the @HOMTV Twitter handle or on HOMTV’s Facebook page.
Join us on Social Media to learn more about how this bond will impact education in our community and to share your own thoughts.
- Vote! Be sure to vote on May 7th or submit an absentee ballot.
- Request a yard sign and encourage others to vote YES for Okemos!
- Tell your friends and neighbors: Help us reach every corner of our community by telling your own friends and neighbors about the bond and its potential impact on Okemos students. You could make personal calls, reach out via email, or host a coffee for a group.
- Make a financial contribution to support the campaign. Your donation helps the Okemos Citizens Millage Committee continue to spread the word about how local bonds support Okemos students. Our expenses include printing and mailing costs, room rental fees, and administrative costs. Any amount is appreciated! Thank you!
This campaign is run by an all-volunteer group of local people who are passionate about the high-quality education available in Okemos.
Our Mission is to spread awareness of and support for the May 7, 2019 bond to benefit the Okemos Public Schools.
- Amy Crites, Co-Chair
- Martha Hentz, Co-Chair
- Angela Wilson, Treasurer
- Katie Cavanaugh
- Tammy Deppong
- John Hood
- Don Romain
- Steve Vagnozzi
- Peter Trezisse
- Marna Wilson
- Marian Austrins
- Erin Binkley
- Amy Burton
- Lisa Crites
- Anne Grewal
- Kevin Gunns
- Jenn Holcomb
- Stefanie Konrad
- Ryan Lewis
- Tim McCarthy
- Jody Noble
- Andy Phelps
- Scott Schopieray
- Courtney Shubel
- Arika Sinnott
- Erin Smith
- Jennifer Soria
- Danielle Tandoc
- Jayme Taylor
Have a question or comment? Send a message to the Okemos Citizens Millage Committee.