Norway schools plan $3.1M bond issue

NORWAY — Norway-Vulcan Area Schools plan, pending state approval, to place a $3.1 million bond issue on the May 2018 ballot.

The school board Wednesday agreed to submit an application to the state treasurer for preliminary qualification of bonds.

Funds raised would go toward heating system improvements, technology and security upgrades, locker replacements, wall repairs in the elementary school, flooring replacement, new doors and classroom furniture. Money cannot be used for operating expenses, such as salaries.

Voters last approved a bond proposal for the district in 2012 with $3.6 million, which is now nearly gone, Superintendent Lou Steigerwald said.

The bond, if approved by the state, won’t be the only issue for district voters to decide in 2018. The district’s operating millage of $18 per $1,000 of taxable value expires at the end of that year and will need to be on the ballot for renewal in either August or November. The renewal would be for 10 years.

The board also:

— Will allow a self-funded clay target shooting club to form after hearing a presentation last month by parent Al Schultz. Schultz said he would coordinate with Athletic Director Joe Tinti on getting interested students to sign up. Another coach besides Schultz will be needed if more than 10 students want to join the team. 

The sport has a spring season, with a state tournament in Mason, Mich., in June and a national tournament there in July, Schultz said at the previous meeting.

— Accepted the resignation/retirement of food service employee Denice Westcott and approved Kristen St. Vincent to fill the vacant position.

— Approved Kylee Curry as a volunteer assistant cheer coach.

— Tabled action on a fund balance resolution pending additional discussion.

— Went into closed session for the superintendent’s evaluation.