Cass passes proposal, 553-390Published 10:15am Wednesday, February 24, 2010
CASSOPOLIS – Cassopolis Public Schools voters on Tuesday passed a $16 million proposal to renovate Sam Adams Elementary into a K-6 building, 553 yes to 390 no.
With 6,122 registered voters, about 15 percent of the district participated.
With a billboard and Web site, www.rangerprideproject.com, supporters sold the modified project, which failed two tries previously, as “look what what we can do without any new taxes.”
“The Cassopolis community has a unique opportunity to provide a new learning environment for elementary children,” said PRIDE residents, an acronym for Preserve, Renew, Invest, Develop and Educate.
The 2.4-mill renewal “only provides safer and healthier teaching and healthier learning environment, improving indoor air quality, updating indoor lighting, establishing more efficient student dropoff and pickup areas, installing safety systems, sprinklers, fire alarms, securing and monitoring building access, saves nearly $3 million by renovating the existing gym, cafeteria and adjacent spaces in Sam Adams School to deliver state-of-the-art educational technology, provides all new K-6 classroom spaces and furnishings and preserves an important community landmark in the heart of Cassopolis.”
Previous proposals to modernize aging facilities failed, including one for $29.5 million beat 2-to-1 in May 2007 and a follow-up try that November.