DPS presents timeline for SMART bond

By BOB OLIVER
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN – Dearborn Public Schools presented its board of trustees with a timetable of important upcoming dates regarding the SMART bond July 8.

At the board meeting, DPS Communications Coordinator David Mustonen outlined the coming weeks and answered questions from the board regarding the $76 million proposed bond which would be used for district-wide updates and improvements in security, maintenance, additions, renovations, technology and transportation.

Supt. Brian Whiston, the district’s bond attorneys and architects the district has been working with traveled to Lansing to meet with the Michigan Department of Treasury to finalize the Preliminary Qualification Application for the bond

Mustonen said the completed application had been sent to Lansing already, but the group traveled there to review the application with state officials.

Schools officials plan to present the application to the board at the July 15 Henry Ford Community College Board of Trustees meeting for consideration and approval. The same board governs both DPS and HFCC.

Mustonen said presenting it to the board quickly is important because the trustees don’t meet again until Aug. 19.

If the application is approved, the next step would be for the board to adopt a resolution calling for an official election for the proposal. This would take place at the next scheduled DPS meeting on Aug. 26.

The following day ballot wording would be delivered to the Dearborn Election Coordinator so the proposal can appear on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

Board President Pam Adams asked Mustonen if the school was still engaging in informational sessions with the public over the bond, which he answered that they were.

“A letter will be going out to several community organizations and groups asking them if we can come to their meetings and present on the bond to provide information that the citizens will need,” Mustonen said.

He added that the district has slowed down the sessions of late because it wants the public to be clear that the bond will be on the November ballot.

“We don’t want people confused and thinking it’s on August ballot,” Mustonen said.

Mustonen also said that Oct. 8 is an important day to remember because it is that last day to register to vote in the general election.

(Bob Oliver can be reached at boliver@bewickpublications.com.)

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