Bond Election 2018 Information

Election Date:

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

General Information

What is the Scope of the Proposed Project?

The Performing Arts Center (PAC) will provide classroom & instructional space for the choir program, band program, drama & musical productions, and possibly technology-related programming such as robotics, computer science, and future technology-related programming. In addition, the facility will provide auditorium style seating, storage areas and performing areas for the school district’s Fine Arts programs.

The Indoor Athletic Complex (IAC) will provide auxiliary gym and practice space for up to three (3) indoor athletic teams at one time, additional team locker rooms for male and female athletics, a new fitness and weight room, and wrestling and competitive cheer practice space. The IAC would be strategically located between the Tennis Complex, Sylvester Outdoor Athletic Center and Baseball/Softball complexes to allow all athletes to benefit from the Fitness and Weight Room. Both facilities would be available for a variety of free public uses and for limited rental use.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why is a Performing Arts Center and Indoor Athletic Facility needed?

  • Provide additional instructional space for performing arts, physical education, and technology-related classes.
  • One choir and one band classroom shared between Middle School & High School for daily instruction.
  • Over 300 + students districtwide participating in the fine arts program.
  • Practice, Competition, & Athletic Space for 27 High School sponsored teams.
  • One of the few schools countywide without a full-size auditorium/performing arts center.

How much will this proposal cost me?

  • Estimated millage cost for year one for a homeowner with a taxable value of $100,000 is $396.00.
  • Estimated average tax over 20 years will be $356.00 for taxable value of $100,000. Through June 30, 2017, a homeowner with a taxable value of $100,000 was paying $276.00 in school taxes.
  • The proposed request represents an increase of $120.00 per $100,000 of taxable value in the first year of the levy. The average annual increase for $100,000 of taxable value is estimated to be $80 ($356.00 - $276.00).

Tax Year

Annual Tax Rate

Annual Cost per $100,000 of Taxable Property Value

Actual 2017

2.76 mills

$276.00

Actual 2018*

1.66 mills

$166.00

Proposed 2019

3.96 mills

$396.00

Proposed 20-Year Avg.

3.56 mills

$356.00

*The Board of Education decided not to request renewal of the 1 mill 10-year sinking find that expired June 2017.

Why can’t the district pay for these facilities out of the general fund?

  • The law limits the amount of money that can be spent on new facility construction or improvements.
  • The estimated cost of the performing arts center and an indoor athletic facility exceeds the amount the district may currently finance through a non-voted bond.

  • No other funding option is available to the school district to cover the estimated cost of the proposed project.

How much has BSPS invested in facility improvements over the past ten years?

  • Invested $15.9 million from General Operating Funds for facility enhancements and improvements over the past 10 years.
  • How? Innovative Programming that created financial flexibility to make on-campus facility improvements.

What are the major facility improvements made by BSPS?

  • Safety and Security at All Buildings
  • Classroom and Lab Renovations Districtwide
  • New learning spaces for Science and Project Lead the Way
  • Building Improvements which included roof replacements, air conditioning, and other maintenance/building projects.
  • Tennis Court Complex
  • Additional Building Space - Virtual Academy and STEM Central

Why does the school district need to renovate Sylvester Field?

The school district and community value our campus setting. Maintaining a campus setting is a significant part of the Master Facility Plan. To preserve our campus setting into the future, the current Soccer and Track complex will be moved to Sylvester Stadium. Renovating Sylvester Stadium will combine two athletic complexes into one multi-purpose facility while providing the space needed for the proposed construction of a Performing Arts Center and Gymnasium.

For additional Frequently Asked Questions, please view the attached document.

Bond Proposal FAQ

What is the ballot language?

BERRIEN SPRINGS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

GENERAL OBLIGATION UNLIMITED TAX BOND PROPOSAL

FOR BUILDING AND SITE PURPOSES IN THE AMOUNT OF

NOT TO EXCEED $19,730,000

Full text of the ballot proposition may be obtained at the administrative offices of Berrien Springs Public Schools, One Sylvester Avenue, Berrien Springs, Michigan 49103-0130, telephone: (269) 471-2891.

PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE THAT THE BONDS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, IF APPROVED BY A MAJORITY VOTE OF THE ELECTORS AT THIS ELECTION, WILL BE GENERAL OBLIGATION UNLIMITED TAX BONDS PAYABLE FROM GENERAL AD VALOREM TAXES.

Where do I Vote?

Vote where you are registered to vote for any local, state or national elections. The assigned voting locations for Berrien Springs Public Schools residents are:

Berrien County Fairgrounds

Berrien Springs Public Library

Berrien Township Hall

Oronoko Township Hall

Royalton Township Hall

The last day to register is Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Visit www.michigan.gov/vote for more information on how to register to vote or for your polling location.

Have a Bond Question or Need Additional General Information:

For questions or additional information, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at:

David Eichberg, Superintendent

Berrien Springs Public Schools

One Sylvester Ave

Berrien Springs, MI 49103

PH: (269) 471-2891


Campus Facility Master Plan Information

Berrien Springs Public Schools is committed to supporting the future facility needs for our students. A long term Campus Master Facility Plan has been developed and approved in February 2017 to meet the education needs of students.

Master Plan Map

Master Plan Timeline


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