Rob Glass, Supt. Bloomfield Hills Schools summarizes proposal for the BHS Board of Education.
The May 8th ballot proposal asks voters to consider a hybrid high school plan, using some of the existing Andover building as well as constructing new space for academics, arts, and athletics. Highlights of the project include:
Space for 1,650 students
1,000 seat auditorium, new music areas, and enhanced arts spaces
Renovated and new academic spaces to support collaborative learning
The recommended package comes with a total cost of $78,650,000, but the district will contribute $20,000,000 toward the project, making the final bond request $58,650,000.
Using the average millage rate of 1.16 for the 26-year bond, a tax payer with a $300,000 market value home would pay approximately $14.50 per month. A tax payer with a $1,000,000 market value home would pay approximately $48.33 per month.
If the bond passes, Rob Glass outlined the transition plan as follows:
- Combine with unified athletics to Bloomfield Hills High School in Fall 2013
- Vacate Andover site for two years
- Grade 9 to Hickory Grove
- 10-12 to Lahser
- Model to Pine Lake
- Build hybrid, students return in Fall of 2015
- Take Lahser off line, except athletic fields
- Operational savings of $2.4m annually, saving programs
If the bond does not pass:
- Bloomfield Hills High School in Fall 2013 with unified athletics
- Grades 10-12 to Andover campus
- Grade 9 to Lahser campus
- Model High School to Lahser campus
- Restricted student driving
- $1m annual savings, likely program loss