East Lansing school district voters approve $93.77 million bond

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Election worker Joe Mika, left, signs in voter Stan Schulz in East Lansing's Precinct 16 at University United Methodist Church. At 10:15 a.m., Schulz became the 40th person to vote at the precinct. The church is adjacent to Red Cedar Elementary, scheduled to be the first school to get refurbished. A school board vote to close Red Cedar has been an issue since 2012.

Joe Grimm

Election worker Joe Mika, left, signs in voter Stan Schulz in East Lansing's Precinct 16 at University United Methodist Church. At 10:15 a.m., Schulz became the 40th person to vote at the precinct. The church is adjacent to Red Cedar Elementary, scheduled to be the first school to get refurbished. A school board vote to close Red Cedar has been an issue since 2012.

Voters in the East Lansing school district on May 2 approved a $93.77 million, 10-year bond to replace the district’s six elementary schools.

The Red Cedar neighborhood is right across Harrison Road from the Michigan State campus. It was known for attracting children of international students.

Joe Grimm

The Red Cedar neighborhood is right across Harrison Road from the Michigan State campus. It was known for attracting children of international students.

The plan follows an update for the district’s middle and high schools. Elementary schools to be largely rebuilt are Donley, Glencairn, Marble, Pinecrest, Whitehills and Red Cedar.

According to the Ingham County Clerk’s election site, that the East Lansing portion of the vote, by far the largest, was 2,783-2,638 in support, or 51.34 percent in favor.

The district has said that, with approval, work could begin as soon as May 4. The plan is to rebuild the vacant Red Cedar Elementary, which would kick off a cascade of moves among schools to allow work to take place and education to continue.

The project is intended to take students out of factory education style buildings that are overdue for an upgrade and give them 21st century schools with more open space for learning.

Signs supporting the bond issue were evident in the neighborhood around Red Cedar Elementary on election day.

Joe Grimm

Signs supporting the bond issue were evident in the neighborhood around Red Cedar Elementary on election day.

According to the district’s bond facts writeup, property taxes would increase approximately $7.50 per month, or $90 per year, for every $100,000 in market value of a home over 25 years.

At 10:20 p.m. May 2, Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum tweeted that all Ingham County precincts had been counted and she was waiting for the physical election materials to be delivered. Unofficial results will be reported on the Ingham County election page. It is standard practice for votes to be unofficial until certified by the state.

Also Tuesday, voters overwhelmingly approved an 18-mill renewal for operating costs in the Haslett School District. The Ingham Clerk’s office reported the Haslett vote at 1,186-199, or 85.63 percent in favor. That was the county’s only other election.