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Mixed night for big school bond proposals

May 9, 2018

A voter filling out a ballot
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By more than a two-to-one margin, voters on Tuesday approved a nearly $97 million bond proposal for Kalamazoo Public Schools - the largest in its history.  Part of the money will replace a magnet school that was built in 1928. 

Jackson voters approved an $86.74 million bond proposal that will include building a new elementary school building.  The vote was 2,629 to 1,615.  

55% of voters said yes to Roseville Community Schools' $59.455 million bond proposal, part of which will pay for laptops for all students, and new security measures.  Voters also approved large bond requests for Trenton and Cadillac Area Public Schools, as well as Gull Lake Community Schools. 

But an overwhelming number of voters said no to a $49.76 million bond proposal to pay for a brand new K-8 school and community center for Houghton Lake Community Schools -- the tally was 2,519 against, 960 for the bond.

Also getting a thumbs down from voters: a $50.7 million bond proposed by Saugatuck Public Schools, part of which would have funded ambitious renovations to support state of the art science and technology education.