Southfield Public Schools Capital Facilities Bond Proposal

This section of the website contains details about the Capital Facilities Bond Proposal, cost, ballot language, and frequently asked questions.

Southfield Public Schools Capital Facilities Bond Proposal

On November 8, 2022, Southfield Public Schools will ask voters to approve a $345 million Capital Facilities Bond Proposal to improve the educational environment for all students.

1. Righting-sizing the school district to match current student enrollment;
2. Transitioning from neighborhood schools to Educational Pathways;
3. Expanding Southfield High School A & T by reconfiguring the instructional area to support the educational program and expanding Fine Arts and Performing Arts learning opportunities;
4. Expanding gifted and talented program opportunities throughout the school district; and,
5. Expanding community use of school facilities.

 

Capital Bond Facilities Bond Proposal - Key Areas

1. To right-size the school district to match current student enrollment

  • Nineteen school sites are currently owned and maintained by Southfield Public Schools.Since 2011, four school site (MacArthur ECC--formerly Bussey, Schoenhals, Leonhard, and Eisenhower elementary schools and Brace-Lederle Middle School) have closed but continue to be maintained by the school district.
  • Maintaining vacant facilities takes dollars away from investing in the education of students. In the coming years, four additional school sites will be closed to right-size the school district.
  • Vandenberg Elementary, Southfield Regional Academic Center (This site will be used as a transition site for students throughout the construction phase of the bond proposal) Magnolia Center

2. To transition from neighborhood schools to Educational Pathways

  • Establishing Educational Pathways offers students the ability to take classes at are geared to their specific career interests.

  • Elementary students will continue to receive a strong foundation in all core areas of study and begin exploration of career opportunities.
  • Middle and high school students will benefit from educational programming that focuses on classes geared to their interest in a specific career field.

3. To expand Southfield High School A & T programming and facility

  • This facility was built in 1962 and was last updated over 20 years ago.

  • Students will be provided with a learning environment that supports their educational program. A portion of the facility will be demolished, and other areas will be renovated and expanded. By reconfiguring the instructional area, updating equipment and resources, and expanding the Fine Arts and Performing Arts programs.
  • Renovations to the auditorium will be completed. Including making the auditorium ADA compliant.
  • Improvements will be made to the classrooms, restrooms, and pool area, as well as renovating the old gym into a band/choir/dance studio.

4. To expand gifted and talented program opportunities throughout the school district

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM ) opportunities will be available at all grade levels.
  • Gifted and talented offerings will be aligned with Career Pathway programming.
  • Through corporate business partnerships, high school students will have the opportunity to participate in internships and mentoring programs. This will give  students real-world experience in their career areas of interest.

5. To expand community use of school facilities

  • McIntyre Elementary School, located on the University-K12 Academy campus, will be repurposed into a facility to support the educational program and for community use.
  • Community members will have access to meeting rooms, gym areas, and specialized program offerings based on community interests.

Homeowner Cost Calculation

The $345 million Capital Facilities Bond Proposal will require a 3.26 mill increase. The cost to the average Southfield homeowner will be approximately .89 cents per day.


To calculate your exact cost, go to pfmtaxcalc.com/
SouthfieldPublicSchools/default.aspx

 

District Project Lists

Please find a downloadable PDF of Project Lists HERE

 

Fact Card

CLICK HERE for a downloadable PDF of the Capital Facilities Bond Proposal Key Facts

Virtual Town Hall Tuesdays 

Please join Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Green as she shares updates and discusses the approved Capital Facilities Bond proposal focused on building and facility upgrades & improvements across the district.

Virtual Town Hall Tuesday - Capital Facilities Bond Meeting, Tuesday, September 13th, 5:30 pm
Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Green shares updates and discusses the approved Capital Facilities Bond.

Please join Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Green as she shares updates and discusses the approved Capital Facilities Bond proposal focused on building and facility upgrades & improvements across the district. We hope you can join us!

Date and time:
Tuesday, Sep 13, 2022 5:30 pm | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Join link:
https://oneoakland.webex.com/oneoakland/j.php?MTID=m25b8c3d542c4c190e77a95dcd5c5efcf
Webinar number:
2302 837 1674
Webinar password:
THTSep13 (84873713 from phones)
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 230 283 71674

 

Virtual Capital Facilities Bond Meeting, Tuesday, September 27th, 5:30 pm

Please join Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Green as she shares updates and discusses the approved Capital Facilities Bond proposal focused on building and facility upgrades & improvements across the district. We hope you can join us!

Date and time:
Tuesday, Sep 27, 2022 5:30 pm | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Join link:
https://oneoakland.webex.com/oneoakland/j.php?MTID=m2a1d2b5ac930389b15ffb494355d754f
Webinar number:
2311 919 2837
Webinar password:
THTSep27 (84873727 from phones)
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 231 191 92837

Virtual Capital Facilities Bond Meeting, Tuesday, October 11th, 5:30 pm

Please join Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Green as she shares updates and discusses the approved Capital Facilities Bond proposal focused on building and facility upgrades & improvements across the district. We hope you can join us!

Virtual Capital Facilities Bond Meeting, Tuesday, October 25th, 5:30 pm

Please join Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Green as she shares updates and discusses the approved Capital Facilities Bond proposal focused on building and facility upgrades & improvements across the district. We hope you can join us!

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT BOND PROPOSAL

Shall the Southfield Public Schools, County of Oakland, State of Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Three Hundred Forty-Five Million Dollars ($345,000,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds, in one or more series, for the purpose of paying for the cost of the following projects:

  • Remodeling, equipping, re-equipping, furnishing, re-furnishing school buildings, athletic fields, playgrounds and other facilities to create a modern learning environment for students and for health, safety, security, energy conservation and other purposes;
  • Erecting, completing, equipping and furnishing additions to school buildings and a stadium building;
  • Acquiring and installing instructional technology infrastructure and equipment in school buildings and other facilities; and
  • Preparing, developing and improving sites at school buildings and other facilities and the purchase of school buses?

YES

NO

 

The annual debt millage required to retire all bonds of the School District currently outstanding and proposed pursuant to this ballot is expected to be at or below 5.56 mills which is a 3.26 mill increase from the 2.30 mills of annual debt millage levied in 2022. 

The maximum number of years any series of bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of refunding, is not more than thirty (30) years; the estimated millage that will be levied to pay the proposed bonds in the first year is 3.63 mills (which is equal to $3.63 per $1,000 of taxable value); and the estimated simple average annual millage that will be required to retire each series of bonds is 5.30 mills annually ($5.30 per $1,000 of taxable value). 

If approved by the voters, the bonds will be guaranteed by the State under the School Bond Qualification and Loan Program (the “Program”). The School District currently has $32,160,000 of qualified bonds outstanding and $0 of qualified loans outstanding under the Program. The School District does not expect to borrow from the Program to pay debt service on these bonds. The estimated computed millage rate required to be levied to pay the proposed bonds may change in the future based on changes in certain circumstances.

 

(Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for teacher, administrator or employee salaries, repair or maintenance costs or other operating expenses.)

 

Southfield Public Schools Capital Facilities Bond Proposal Frequently Asked Questions

Please download our FAQs HERE

 

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Residents of Southfield Public Schools who will be 18 years of age or older on
Election Day and are registered to vote can vote in this election.

Register to Vote

Learn more about registering to vote, or see if you're already registered, at the Secretary of State's Register to Vote website.

Absentee Ballots

All registered voters can now register as absentee. Learn more about absentee voting on the Secretary of State's Absentee Voting website.

For More Information

Visit www.Southfieldk12.org and click on Bond Election Info. Or
Contact any SPS Principal, James Jackson, Chief of Staff at (248) 746-0045 or Dr. Jennifer Martin-Green, Superintendent at jennifer.martingreen@southfieldk12.org