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Deciding on millage increase

Members of the Mendon Community Schools Board of Education may be in position to decide whether to pursue a 1-mill increase request.

Following a public forum Wednesday regarding the proposal, the board may act on the small amount of feedback it has received about the idea when it meets for its regularly scheduled meeting Monday.

Superintendent Rob Kuhlman gave an overview of the plan and the district’s need to fix its aging buildings, improve its transportation fleet and bring its technology infrastructure up to date.

Questions included why the track would eventually be replaced, the seemingly high amount of $205,000 to demolish the Mendon Heritage Schoolhouse and a former doctor’s office adjacent to the elementary school, specific details about improvements to the high school cafeteria, the state of the district’s bus garage and a plan to re-roof the high school.

If the measure is approved, the work would be done in three phases, with construction bonds sold over periods of time instead of all at once.

Mendon current levies 7 mills, the second most in the county behind Sturgis Public Schools and its 8.37 mills.