BELDING —Members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Monday to approve spending the remaining funds of a $38 million bond project that was approved by district voters in 2010.
According to Belding High School Assistant Principal Leslie Mount, of the $1,412,313.02 that sits in the unallocated contingency fund, approximately $1,234,632,95 will be used for additional projects not previously included in the bond plan.
Mount was the superintendent of Belding Area Schools when the bond was implemented and she was selected by the board to continue to manage the bond funds throughout the district after she resigned as superintendent and took the role of assistant principal.
“Things are wrapping up nicely, there are just a few odds and ends wrapping up at Ellis Elementary and the middle school,” Mount said. “Some of these things that we will now spend bond money on are things that have been happening all along that you wouldn’t necessarily see because they occur on change orders on a month-to-month basis.”
The largest of the new projects is an estimate at $350,096 to reconstruct the student parking lots at the high school.
“If you haven’t been up to see them, they definitely need it,” she said.
Other projects include a new concessions stand at Rudness Field at $200,000 and remodeling of the press box at $150,000.
Other projects include new roofing at the high school, the addition of shot put at the high school track and various interior signage throughout the district buildings.
“We will be left with close to a balance of $180,000,” Mount said. “We’re at a point right now where we believe all of our big-ticket items will be taken care of.”
Board President Tom Humphreys said he is glad to see everything coming to a positive end.
“I’m glad that everything worked out. I know there was a lot of things on our wish list and it looks like we’re going to be able to do all the things that we wanted to do,” he said. “We’re getting very close to wrapping up.”