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Details given on sinking fund levy for N-V schools

NORWAY — The Norway-Vulcan Area School Board on Wednesday detailed how the district would levy a sinking fund millage if it’s approved during the March 10 presidential primary election.

For tax years 2020-2022, the board would assess .20 mills, or 20 cents per $1,000 of taxable property value; for tax years 2023 and 2024, .30 mills; and for 2025-2029 the board would assess the full 3 mills, according to the resolution.

“This allows the board to levy the millage in such a way that taxes would not increase from where they currently are,” Superintendent Lou Steigerwald said.

The measure would not exceed 3 mills over 10 years and could generate about $526,517 annually.

The money would be used for security upgrades such as magnetic releases on all interior hallway doors that can be activated remotely by school personnel, to replace some interior hallway doors worn from use and to install additional closed-circuit cameras.

Funds also would go toward replacing the school heating system, including old boilers, thermostats and heat exchangers.

Additionally, crumbling concrete and steel reinforcements at curbs around the building would be repaired and handicapped accessibility improved.

Without the millage, the school board would have to use existing funds for the improvements or leave some unaddressed, Steigerwald previously said.

In other business, the board:

— Approved board goals such as supporting the development and implementation of a comprehensive plan establishing a clear vision of student growth and achievement; ensure fiscal responsibility and stability; increase district communications to improve community engagement; evaluate and improve the current technology infrastructure; and develop a shared philosophy and practices.

— Granted a request by the Dickinson Trail Network to build about 8 miles of trails on land owned by the school district near Summit Road in Norway. The trails primarily would be used for mountain biking but also hiking and snowshoeing.

— Nominated Jan Vangasse for a seat on the board of the Michigan Association of School Boards.

— Hired Jessica Lidbeck as a guidance and athletic secretary.

— Agreed to seek bids for two- and three-year contracts for school bus routes as well as post district bus No. 27 for sale.

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