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Vicksburg Students Used to Promote Bond Issue

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VICKSBURG, MICH (April 30, 2014) – Districts in Kalamazoo County are looking ahead to Election Day as school funding hangs in the balance.

Administrators at Vicksburg Community Schools are taking a unique approach to raise awareness about a $15 million bond proposal that will be on the ballot May 6.

Students are featured in a YouTube video to show the buildings in various states of disrepair.

Homes with an assessed value of $112,000 will cost the homeowner an additional $84 a year.

The district says the money will be spent on building improvements, security upgrades and to bring technology up to date.

“Obviously, when we first look at it, $15 million is a lot of money, especially with the economy the way it is,” said Lisa Beams. “We really wanted to look at what they were doing.”

That bond proposal won’t be the only issue on the ballot that provides money to schools in Kalamazoo County.

Voters will also see a request to renew a millage for all nine districts in the county.

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  • Dan

    Vicksburg students need history lesson. The money you need to fix up your school was spent on promises made to teachers 30 years ago. Some of us are old enough to remember the promises the teachers union made, you know, the promise that pensions would practically pay for themselves. All we had to do was put a little money away back then and it would magically grow to cover all those promises. Some of us had the guts to say it wouldn't work back then, but the union flex its muscles and its power to manipulate elections to put people in place to make this promises they believe they deserve. Well a promise is a promise even if it takes away the money you need to fix the problems you face today.