D7 to give technology bond another try

Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS — Dearborn Heights District 7 will ask voters again for approval of its 10-year, $4.5 million Technology Improvement Bond during the Nov. 3 election.

Voters previously rejected the bond proposal Feb. 24, 382 votes to 346.

During the April 21 D7 Board of Education meeting, the board unanimously passed the motion to pursue a technology bond proposal for November.
The bond is being sought to help with technology upgrades for the district. It includes safety and security upgrades, technology and wireless access to district facilities.

The bond will be worth just over $2.9 million in the first five years with an additional $1.6 million starting in 2019. The estimated millage for 2015 for the bond will stay at 2.75 mills, which is $2.75 per $1,000 of taxable valuation.

Funds can only be used for technology purposes. The bond cannot be used for administrator or employee salaries, repair or maintenance cost, teacher and other operating expenses.

The technology bond is the first for the district since 1998.

D7 Supt. John Frazer emphasized the need for the bond to help improve the district.

“We hope voters pass the bond because the district has a need for technology updates,” he said. “We are going to make sure the community is much more aware and informed on the bond this time around.”

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at znajm@bewickpublications.com.)