Dear Editor,

The Menominee Area Public Schools School Board has called a special election Aug. 3.

The one question bond referendum to voters is in the amount of $12 million, and worded as follows: “Shall Menominee Area Public Schools, Menominee County, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Twelve Million Dollars ($12,000,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, for the purpose of remodeling, equipping and re-equipping the Junior High/Senior High School building, including creating a secure entrance; and developing and improving the site?”

The Junior/Senior 50-plus aged facility has the following infrastructure concerns for its longevity:

■ Create a secure main entryway, and include electronic access control and door alarms.

■ Update heating and ventilation systems, and replace digital controls.

■ Update LED lighting for energy efficiency.

■ Plumbing improvements.

■ Complete roof replacement in areas that have not been replaced.

■ Replace original exterior windows and doors.

■ Parking areas and sidewalk sections to be replaced for safety concerns.

■ Replace elevator and update door hardware to ADA standards.

Since this Phase One project will address the needs of the Junior/Senior High School at an affordable $5.01 per month for an estimated based median value home in Menominee per $77,600 averaged assessed value ($38,800 taxable value), the cost will be justified for the students in our community to be in a safe and secure environment. The Phase Two project with community involvement will be addressed in the Fall regarding Central Elementary and Blesch Intermediate Schools.

Thank you for voting Aug. 3, and visit for more information, or contact 906-863-9951 or to ask questions.

Connie Kewley