Millage issue goes before Lakeview voters Tuesday

By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 10:57 am on Saturday, February 23, 2013


LAKEVIEW — Voters in Lakeview will go to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of a millage proposal under consideration there. Though the projects covered in the bond proposal are sweeping, the actual increase in taxes for the average homeowner would be minimal, about 33 cents per month or less.

The project calls for several improvements at Bright Start Elementary, including a more secure entry, building site work, expanded parking and an upgraded playground. Eight classrooms and new restrooms also would be added, along with several other improvements.

Lakeview Middle School also would see several improvements, including outdoor play areas and playground equipment, security upgrades and many infrastructure upgrades. Roof replacement and improvements to the gymnasium and cafeteria also are proposed, as are technology upgrades and other improvements.

Lakeview High School would receive resurfaced parking areas and upgrades to the science department, along with several infrastructure improvements. Some doors would be replaced and many technology upgrades would be implemented. Finally, a new roof would be installed.

All schools also would replace or add new furniture to various areas.

New buses, long overdue in some cases, would be purchased and improvements would be made to the bus garage and surrounding site.

The total of $12,250,000 would be spread out over 25 years and represent an increase of 0.08 mills over what taxpayers were paying in 2012.

Finally, the plan calls for the closure and site cleanup of Lakeview Elementary School.

School board members and administrators have been promoting the bond for several months and trying to get the information out to area residents.

At the regular board meeting earlier this month, Ed Jonaitis, board president, said he felt the feedback he’d been receiving from within the community bodes well for the bond’s passage. Earlier, Jonaitis commended on the committee that put together the bond request.

“They (the committee) voted unanimously that this is what we need to do for our district at this time,” Jonaitis said.

Board member Daryl Johnson, who was on the committee that made the bond recommendation, added he also was optimistic about the bond’s passage.

“This is what we felt our needs were and what we could get our community to buy into,” Johnson said. “I think we came up with a pretty good plan.”

Administrators have noted for some time the poor condition of many of the school system’s facilities and the need for improvements.

If the bond is passed, work would begin on improvements as soon as possible.

Polls will be open Tuesday, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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