By LINDA LOBECK
IRON MOUNTAIN - The Iron Mountain School District Board of Education approved a resolution at Monday's meeting to approve the bond proposal - the final step to getting the issue put before voters on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Supt. Tom Jayne said that the approval from the state Treasury Department had been received concerning the bond language.
"We are good to go now. The last hurdle is board approval of this resolution. Now this allows us to get the bond proposal on the ballot," Jayne said.
The school district is seeking voter approval to borrow up to $9.5 million for 18 years with the purpose of paying for the cost of:
- Remodeling, equipping, re-equipping, furnishing and re-furnishing the school buildings and other facilities.
- Preparing, developing and improving sites at the school buildings and other facilities.
- Equipping and re-equipping school buildings and other facilities for technology systems and equipment.
At Monday's meeting, a presentation was given by members of the bond committee, which includes parents, teachers, and members of the community. Committee member Katie Maxon reported on the fact sheets that have been put together, door hangings, signs and Facebook connections being made with voters.
Maxon, along with Kellie Klossner, said that they plan to go door-to-door and talk to voters about the bond within a week or so of the election. The door hangings will be used for those that are not home encouraging them to vote.
Jayne agreed with this plan.
"We are taking a more personal approach to this bond campaign," Jayne said. "We will be concentrating on voters who are in support of the bond and making a connection that is more one-on-one with people."
Maxon said that the group is small than when they started out with 10-12 consistently showing up and doing the work to plan for bond election.
"But we will need more people when we go door to door to get the work out. We feel that this will make a difference in the votes to pass this and get people to the polls," Maxon said.
She added that the Parent-Teacher organizations are all on board and the plan is to get a You-Tube video on the bond proposal put together by students in the district.
Jayne added that the video will include things like the heating inefficiencies in the district and will be shown to the board hopefully at the next meeting.
"Thank you for all the hard work you have put into this campaign and the previous bond vote. We appreciate your effort and hard work," said Board President Marv Harry.
A previous bond vote in May looked for approval of an $11 million bond for 20 years. That proposal was defeated by 46 votes.
The new proposal going before the voters on Feb. 26 does not look to put an addition on any building in the district or tear down Central School. In addition, the middle school students will not be put in the high school.
Linda Lobeck's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.