Riverview voters to decide on school proposal

Sunday Times Newspapers

RIVERVIEW – Voters here will decide on a $43.3 million ballot proposal for Riverview Community Schools’ building repairs Feb. 28.

The proposal would increase the tax rate by 7.32 mills for 30 years. A homeowner of a house with a taxable value of $50,000 would see a yearly increase of about $366.

The planned improvements, scaled down from a 2007 facilities assessment recommendation of repairs totaling $93 million, are to include new roofs, security entrances and devices and technology upgrades to all district buildings as well as a new classroom wing, cafeteria, kitchen and gymnasium for the high school, and a new main office and various expansions for Seitz Middle School.

A parking expansion, window replacement and a “loop” for picking up and dropping off students at Forest, Huntington and Memorial elementary schools also are planned.

The district has made no major improvements to its buildings in nearly 20 years, according to district literature about the proposal, which also states the millage could net more than 200 skilled trade and fabrication jobs.