School Bond Proposal Update

May 3, 2022 | News

The school bond proposal update is ready and the votes are in!

Coldwater Community Schools was the only school district to seek bond voter approval in May 2022 after failing to get bond voter approval in November 2021. In November 2021, the School District had two proposals, one with a $50 million estimate and another with a $17 million estimate. In May 2022, the estimate for the singular bond proposal was $53 million.

The average bond estimate decreased by approximately $6 million between the May 2021 and May 2022 elections. However, the median bond estimate increased by approximately $1.4 million. This seems to be because the highest bond estimates in May 2022 were smaller than May 2021 while the smallest bond estimates in May 2022 were larger than in May 2021. Thus, there are fewer and/or smaller outliers in bond estimates in May 2022 than in May 2021.

The largest bond proposal was for approximately $197 million by Kalamazoo Public Schools. The smallest bond proposal was for $3.5 million by Pickford Public Schools. Both bond proposals passed.

In May 2022, 37.5% of the bond proposals failed. This is an increase from 27% in May 2021, and 28% in November 2021. Two of the bond proposals that failed had a margin of less than 100 votes: the bond proposal from Greenville Public Schools had a margin of 53 votes, and the proposal from the Grant Public School District had a margin of only 22 votes!

Western School District

PASSED 51.6%
Architect: TMP Architecture Inc
Construction Manager: CSM Group
Estimate: $46,000,000
Project ID 2021-2B94

Inland Lakes Schools

FAILED 58.9%
Architect: Integrated Designs Inc
Construction Manager: Wolgast Corporation
Estimate: $29,500,000
Project ID 2022-022E

Wolverine Community Schools

PASSED 52.6%
Architect: Integrated Designs Inc
Construction Manager: Wolgast Corporation
Estimate: $7,300,000
Project ID 2022-022F

Pickford Public Schools

PASSED 60.2%
Architect: Integrated Designs Inc
Estimate: $3,500,000
Project ID 2022-0234

Tecumseh Public Schools

FAILED 52.5%
Architect: TMP Architecture Inc
Estimate: $75,000,000
Project ID 2022-026D

Lake Shore Public Schools

PASSED 62.3%
Architect: Partners in Architecture
Construction Manager: Barton Malow Co
Estimate: $66,765,000
Project ID 2022-026E

Constantine Public Schools

FAILED 69.5%
Architect: TowerPinkster
Construction Manager: Wolgast Corporation
Estimate: $38,800,000
Project ID 2022-0271

Bangor Public Schools

FAILED 67.3%
Architect: GMB Architecture + Engineering
Estimate: $41,540,000
Project ID 2022-0277

Greenville Public Schools

FAILED 52.8%
Architect: GMB Architecture + Engineering
Construction Manager: Clark Construction Co
Estimate: $45,230,000
Project ID 2022-0230

Holly Area School District

PASSED 55.9%
Architect: GMB Architecture + Engineering
Construction Manager: AUCH Construction
Estimate: $97,000,000
Project ID 2022-0297

Hastings Area Schools

FAILED 52.0%
Architect: BMA Architects LLC
Construction Manager: Wolgast Corporation
Estimate: $23,900,000
Project ID 2022-012A

Lakeview Community Schools

PASSED 58.8%
Architect: Kingscott
Construction Manager: Owen Ames Kimball Co
Estimate: $33,600,000
Project ID 2021-2FA8

Hemlock Public Schools

PASSED 52.2%
Architect: TowerPinkster
Construction Manager: Wolgast Corporation
Estimate: $41,900,000
Project ID 2021-08B9

Kearsley Community Schools

PASSED 55.0%
Architect: French Associates Inc
Construction Manager: DCC Construction
Estimate: $21,650,000
Project ID 2022-0454

Warren Consolidated Schools

PASSED 63.1%
Architect: Plante Moran CRESA
Estimate: $150,000,000
Project ID 2022-0694

Hillman Community Schools

FAILED 61.5%
Architect: Kingscott
Construction Manager: Clark Construction Co
Estimate: $22,100,000
Project ID 2022-0697

Kalamazoo Public Schools

PASSED 71.1%
Estimate: $197,135,000
Project ID 2022-068D

Comstock Public Schools

PASSED 52.6%
Architect: GMB Architecture + Engineering
Construction Manager: Miller-Davis Company
Estimate: $39,430,000
Project ID 2022-069A

Flat Rock Community Schools

PASSED 65.7%
Architect: Kohler Architecture
Estimate: $29,950,000
Project ID 2022-06D8

Paw Paw Public Schools - Proposal 1

FAILED 54.5%
Architect: TowerPinkster
Construction Manager: Owen Ames Kimball Co
Estimate: $47,500,000
Project ID 2022-06E3

Paw Paw Public Schools - Proposal 2

PASSED 54.8%
Architect: TowerPinkster
Construction Manager: Owen Ames Kimball Co
Estimate: $15,500,000
Project ID 2022-06E7

Wyoming Public Schools

PASSED 51.7%
Architect: GMB Architecture + Engineering
Construction Manager: Christman Company
Estimate: $24,900,000
Project ID 2022-06CD

Crawford Ausable School District

PASSED 54.0%
Architect: Cornerstone Architects
Construction Manager: Wolgast Corporation
Estimate: $21,275,000
Project ID 2022-0750

Coldwater Community Schools

FAILED 52.8%
Architect: TowerPinkster
Construction Manager: Owen Ames Kimball Co
Estimate: $53,000,000
Project ID 2022-084E

Lansing Public School District

PASSED 71.1%
Architect: C2AE
Construction Manager: Christman Company
Estimate: $129,700,000
Project ID 2022-06EB

Concord Community Schools

PASSED 53.7%
Architect: TMP Architecture Inc
Construction Manager: CSM Group
Estimate: $9,500,000
Project ID 2022-06DD

Coopersville Area Public Schools

PASSED 51.2%
Architect: GMB Architecture + Engineering
Construction Manager: Christman Company
Estimate: $42,900,000
Project ID 2022-06C9

West Branch Rose City Area Schools

PASSED 56.6%
Architect: Anthony Esson Architect
Construction Manager: Clark Construction Co
Estimate: $25,000,000
Project ID 2022-06C5

Belding Area Schools

PASSED 58.0%
Architect: TowerPinkster
Construction Manager: Triangle Associates Inc
Estimate: $21,500,000
Project ID 2022-06AB

Mason County Central Schools

FAILED 58.3%
Architect: GMB Architecture + Engineering
Construction Manager: Christman Company
Estimate: $33,635,000
Project ID 2022-067D

Harbor Springs Public Schools

PASSED 60.6%
Architect: French Associates
Estimate: $41,850,000
Project ID 2022-0A9C

Grant Public School District

FAILED 58.0%
Architect: TowerPinkster
Construction Manager: Owen Ames Kimball Co
Estimate: $15,120,000
Project ID 2020-0250

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Becky, Construction News Reporter

Becky, Construction News Reporter

Builders Exchange of Michigan Planning Department

Becky has been with the Builders Exchange of Michigan as a Construction News Reporter for 10 years. She enjoys finding out about projects in the early planning stages and building relationships with project owners, architects, and engineers.

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