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Just the Facts: Brighton Area Schools $88.4 Million Bond Issue

Everything you need to know before the May 8 election.

Brighton Area Schools are for the upcomming May 8 election.

Here's an up close look at what this bond would mean to the school district and to taxpayers.

How long will the bond last?

Brighton Area Schools submitted an application for a 30-year-bond, to be distributed in two tiers. The second tier will be issued three years after the first, so the bond will really last 33 years.

What will the bond do?

The bond will improve a number of different things within the district:

Technology upgrades include

  • Wireless networks
  • New computers
  • Interactive classroom technology
  • Multi-media presentation technologies
  • Security technology

Athletic facilities upgrades include

  • Rebuild stadium with artificial turf, track, bleachers, team rooms and concessions
  • Two new high school multi-sport/band practice fields
  • New track and field at
  • Repurpose existing pool to new fitness center
  • Build new community pool

Brighton Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA) upgrades include

  • Replace obsolete sound and lighting systems
  • Refurbish stage flooring
  • Refurbish balcony seating
  • Replace stage curtains

Safety upgrades include

  • Security vestibules at all schools
  • Separate bus/parent traffic
  • Upgrade elementary playgrounds
  • Replace aging fire alarm/exit systems
  • Security cameras

Critical infrastructure and program upgrades include

  • Remodel aging restrooms
  • Replace asphalt paving, improving safety
  • Replace obsolete equipment: chalkboards, classroom cabinets, lockers and student desks
  • New gym addition at Hawkins Elementary
  • Replace aging plumbing, heating, ventilating equipment, roofing, select worn flooring and select exterior windows and doors

How much will it cost?

The bond issue would increase Brighton Area Schools' current millage by 1.49 mills, or $1.49 on each $1,000 of taxable value.

Market Value Taxable Value Annual Cost Monthly Cost Daily Cost $100,000 $50,000 $74.50 $6.21 $0.20 $200,000 $100,000 $149.00 $12.42 $0.41 $300,000 $150,000 $223.50 $18.63 $0.61

*These figures are estimates provided by Brighton Area Schools. For your specific tax impact, use Brighton Area Schools' online tax calculator.

For more information on the bond issue, visit www.brightonk12.mi.us.

Brenda Plank May 05, 2012 at 03:25 PM
I'm voting yes!
just saying October 02, 2012 at 05:17 PM
@ Cj... Good job for stating your thoughts:)! After the vote this year announced that BYF and BJF have to merge into one. Two private orgs that are paid by the parents. Now, they Must merge together. Why? Because we have been screwed by the Bond. I never voted! Now let's see if my BYF football players and cheerleader to win superbowls and comps?! With out having a HS prep organization for 2013? Just thought it was interesting to share the aftermath... for 2 volunteered programs got screwed ~ one angry parent!
Nicole Krawcke October 02, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Thanks for your comment. I was not aware the two football programs had merged. I would like to learn more, can you either email me at nicole.krawcke@patch.com or give me a call at 517-488-5886?
J. Michael Lenninger October 02, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I also hear that many verbal promises made to concerned parents on exactly how some of the money would be spent concerning renovations to BHS are not going to happen without a large hue and cry!
CJ Burroughs October 09, 2012 at 03:35 PM
@just saying.. My father Charles Burroughs is a coach at the freshman level for BYF. I've heard it all. Look, this is not the bonds fault. It was Dr. Grey asking Bill Piercy (BYF president) to merge into one organization. Not very many people are happy about it. I am proud to say I know Bill Piercy on a personal level. He is a friend of mine. This city wide program is a step forward not back. I know BYF prides itself on traveling out toward Wayne County and playing the teams in that area. They are very good teams over there ,but we do not compete against them very often at the high school level. If the kids and coaches all come together, city wide, we will be a force to be reckoned with in the near future, not to say we already aren't. So the bond is already passed so we might as well take things positively and move on like Dr. Grey has intended :)

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