The District has consistently studied the current and projected needs of school buildings and educational programs to determine a facility plan. Using this information, supplemented with community focus groups, a scientific community survey, and other feedback from over 2,000 people, district leaders and the Board of Education are now asking voters to consider a school bond proposal on May 2, 2023.
GHAPS is participating in the State of Michigan, Department of Treasury's School Bond Qualification and Loan Program (SBQLP) for this bond. The qualified bond process requires the district to provide:
A prequalification application;
An interview meeting with the Department of Treasury to discuss community engagement;
District facilities assessment;
Financial information; and
A building utilization study.
All district facilities and associated infrastructure are assessed. A report is produced (linked below), summarizing current conditions of our buildings and estimated costs to replace and renovate. The estimated costs are later updated with post-COVID pricing.
GHAPS begins a district-wide strategic planning process and engages planning experts to begin bond exploration. The strategic plan is finalized in early 2022.
Architectural programming is ongoing, to refine potential bond scope. This process takes into account the district's ongoing strategic planning and findings from the facilities assessment.
Community feedback is gathered through an EPIC MRA survey in June 2022, followed by a district-issued survey in November 2022 (linked below), and a community presentation.
MI Dept of Treasury, Prequalification Process
GHAPS completes a thorough Department of Treasury Prequalification process, to review the final bond scope. The Board of Education subsequently calls for an election in May 2023.
MAY 2, 2023
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