12/23/2013 12:32:00 PM School bond to appear on March ballot
By David Richards
At its Dec. 17 meeting, the Byron school board unanimously approved a bond election for March 11, 2014 in hopes of building a new school to house pre-kindergarten through second grade students in light of current and future resident growth. The special election will be conducted in conjunction with the general elections of various townships located in whole or in part within the school district.
District board clerk Deb Brown will also serve as clerk for the election.
The bond needs a majority to pass.
Brown said that township residents will vote at their regular township locations, while City of Byron residents, in addition to Rochester Ward 2 Precinct 5 and Rochester Ward 3 Precinct 7 (both within the Byron school district), will vote at Byron Middle School.
The ballot question will be as follows:
Shall the school board of Independent School District No. 531 (Byron) be authorized to issue its general obligation school building bonds in an amount not to exceed $25,300,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities, including the construction and equipping of a preK-2 facility?
At its Sept. 16 meeting, the board unanimously voted in favor of the construction of a new school.
The structure would open in 2016 and is estimated at costing just more than $25 million.
The new school, which would be built on the same site as Byron Elementary, would open two years following the start of all-day everyday kindergarten, which begins in Byron for the 2014-2015 school year.
In December of last year, independent demographer Hazel Reinhardt, who was contracted by the district, projected an increase in resident enrollment for Byron Public Schools of between 16.7 to 20.3 percent in the next 10 years.
Her estimate was also made before the passage of Destination Medical Center.