Safe Schools, Strong Futures Bond ProposalKeeping students safe has never been more important at Melvindale-Northern Allen Park Public Schools. While our district has tried to keep pace with best practices for safety, the nature of school threats continues to evolve, and our district must continue to adapt. The Safe Schools, Strong Futures proposal would provide additional security enhancements to help ensure MEL-NAP students, staff and families are safe before, during and after school. This proposal would allow us to:
✓ Purchase and reconfigure the Baker College campus and replace aging and out-of-date facilities
✓ Provide additional security enhancements district-wide
✓ Invest in the latest classroom technology to prepare all students for jobs
✓ Provide improved access to preschool services so our kids are prepared to succeed before they enter kindergartenOn Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Safe Schools, Strong Futures proposal will appear on the General Election ballot.
FAQBelow are some frequently asked questions about the Safe Schools, Strong Futures proposal:
The Safe Schools, Strong Futures proposal would improve school safety, prepare kids for jobs and strengthen our community. Rather than building brand new schools, which could cost hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, this proposal would allow us to purchase and reconfigure the Baker College campus and address our aging and out-of-date facilities.
This proposal would allow us to:
✔ Provide additional security enhancements districtwide
✔ Invest in the latest classroom technology to prepare all students for jobs
✔Provide improved access to preschool services so our kids are prepared to succeed before they enter kindergarten
Once completed, these projects will help us improve student achievement districtwide and expand access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Career and Technical Education programs that help prepare students for jobs or college.
This proposal would support student learning for all grade levels by:
✔ Reconfiguring the Baker College campus to house junior high (grades 7-8) and high school (grades 9-12) in separated classrooms and facilities
✔ Repurposing the existing middle school and making updates to elementary buildings, and
✔ Providing preschool
This proposal would cost the average homeowner around $15 per month, and would save hundreds of millions of dollars it would otherwise cost to build a new high school, middle school and early elementary school.
The bond proposal will appear on the Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, general election ballot.
The district already has security cameras and other safety features in its buildings, so why do we need more safety measures?
Keeping students safe has never been more important, and additional security enhancements can help ensure all MEL-NAP students, staff and families are safe before, during and after school. While our district has tried to keep pace with best practices for safety, the nature of school threats continues to evolve, and our district must continue to adapt.
MEL-NAP is proud of its 93 percent graduation rate — 14 points higher than the state average — and our school district has consistently outpaced countywide graduation rates. To continue our record of success, we must invest in the latest instructional technology to provide all MEL-NAP students with the skills needed to compete for 21st century jobs.
This proposal would help keep our community strong, keep property values high and help attract new families, businesses and talent to our area. This is an exciting opportunity to utilize state-of-the-art facilities with a more reasonable price tag. The district is committed to minimizing the impact these projects might have on families and we have a detailed plan to ensure the transition to the new facilities is as smooth as possible for students, families, and employees.
If this bond proposal passes, every dollar spent will be tracked and available on a public website to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely to prepare all students for success, whether that means college, technical training or jobs right after graduation.
MEL-NAP is part of what makes our community great. Research shows strong schools mean stable property values and strong neighborhoods. A strong school district also attracts talent and new families to our community and new businesses. Supporting our schools is about supporting our whole community and making sure we stay competitive instead of falling behind.
In the coming months, we will conduct a series of in-person meetings and forums throughout our community to help you learn about this proposal and gather your input. We will keep you updated on times and locations of the meetings. Additionally, we will be updating this website with pertinent information about this important proposal. For information about the Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, election, visit https://www.waynecounty.com/elected/clerk/elections.aspx.