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Cadillac Area Public Schools

 421 S. Mitchell St.

Cadillac, Michigan 49601

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Why is this proposal important?

This plan is about more than bricks and mortar; it is about providing educational experiences and environments that help prepare our students for their future

 

What is being done about the safety of students and staff?

This plan will modernize security incorporating best practices in safe design to keep our children safe and comfortable

 

Why is it necessary to overhaul all of these buildings?

Currently, the cost to fix and maintain the failing infrastructure in CAPS buildings is becoming more and more expensive.

 

How does this plan help children?

The plan will eliminate overcrowding at Franklin Elementary and Cadillac High School; currently, art, music and support teachers are traveling with carts and using hallways and modified storage spaces.

 

It will also create an Early Childhood Center at Kenwood Elementary where learning spaces will be renovated to meet the needs of our preschoolers, ages 3-5.

 

This proposal also allows for the restructuring of grades so that children will stay in one elementary building from Kindergarten through 5th grade before heading to Middle School for 6-8th grade. 

 

What has changed from the 2017 Proposal?

In response to community feedback, CAPS is presenting a proposal that reduces the bond by $3.5 million. The reduction was a result of eliminating improvements in athletics.

 

What else is CAPS doing to address the facility challenges?

CAPS is investigating selling unused properties and closed buildings within the district.

We are also looking into writing grants and fundraising. We have developed a preventative maintenance plan, and capital outlay plan to assure our facilities are maintained, and capital needs are being addressed.

 

What will this cost me?

The proposal is presenting a 3.3 mil increase. The tax impact is personal and is dependent on a homeowner's taxable value and income status. A tax calculator can be found at www.caps2018bond.com.

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What if I have some very specific questions?  Where will I get these answers?

Superintendent Jennifer Brown is available to meet community members in person or by phone at (231) 876-5002. She may also be reached by email at Jennifer.Brown@cadillac.k12.mi.us

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