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Woodville Community Center
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Bond Proposal
For months now the Western School District has been considering putting a bond proposal before their voters.  The needs of the district have been extensively scrutinized by a group of parents, community leaders, school employees, architects and engineers.  As the final recommendation for a bond proposal is being put together, we want our community to have access to information and allow for questions that need answers to provide the best clarity possible on this project.  
 
Recognizing these tough economic times, the bond proposal recommendation will include transportation necessities, technological updates, and athletic facilities and grounds reconfiguration to accommodate the district’s growing needs.  Some of the items being addressed will help take a strain off the district's operating budget and provide economical updates to the district, which will benefit Western families and their students for years to come.

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Announcements
Mary Chamberlin's Story
Mary Chamberlin, elementary special education teacher, is using new technology to help her students grow academically.  Mary's classroom is one example of how technology is changing how teachers teach and students learn.  Check out this short video: http://youtu.be/zKNaImW3Nwg
Voter Registration/Absentee Ballot Application
The deadline to register to vote in the February 28th election is January 30th.  Voter registration materials can be picked up at any of the school offices in Western, downloaded from www.michigan.gov/vote or picked up at your township clerk's office.  You must register by January 30th with your township clerk to be able to vote on February 28th.  Absentee ballot applications can also be picked up at the school offices in the district.  These applications must be submitted to the township clerk's office.  If they are mailed, you need to allow for time to get the ballot back via mail and return it by 4:00 p.m. on February 27th.  Applications for absentee ballots can be hand delivered to the township clerks office to expedite the process.  For more information on voter registration and absentee ballots, please visit www.michigan.gov/vote .  This website can provide answers to most of your voting questions.
Tax Impact of the Bond Proposal
The initial impact of the February 28th bond proposal is a 1.8 mil increase on property tax.  To determine the net impact on your individual situation, you can visit www.mytaxcalc.com/western .  Once you complete several basic questions about your income, filing status, township residence, and taxable value of your home, the tax calculator will compute how much the bond proposal would increase your tax liability.
Bond Election Set!
Western has received approval by the Michigan Department of Treasury to proceed with our bond proposal.  On December 16, 2011 the Board of Education passed a resolution calling for a bond election on February 28, 2012.  The appropriate paperwork has been filed with the Jackson County Clerk's Office.  Our next stop is election day on February 28th.  We hope all our community members exercise their right to vote and come on out on election day.

Files
 Bond Application.pdf
Attached is the bond application Western has filed with the Michigan Department of Treasury. This application gives a thorough breakdown of the proposal being placed before voters on February 28th.
 Bond FAQ updated 10-24-11.doc
Attached are frequently asked questions about the proposed bond project. If you have questions you would like addressed in this format, please feel free to submit those to Superintendent Michael Smajda at smajda@westernschools.org or to Ray Pape, bond committee chairperson, at jxnray7@sbcglobal.net .
 Community Forum #2 9-12-11.pdf
This PDF contains the slides presented at the Community Forum held on Monday, September 12.
 Community Forum #3 10-24-11.pdf
This PDF contains the slides presented at the Community Forum held on Monday, October 24

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