PRAS hosts bond proposal town meetings

Submitted to the Herald Review

LEROY — A series of town meetings have been scheduled for discussion about the upcoming Pine River Area Schools May 3 bond proposal.

The superintendent, board of education president, and members of the planning committee will be present on March 16 in LeRoy at the Village of LeRoy/Township Hall; on March 24 in Tustin at the community center (attached to the Tustin Library); and on March 31 in Luther at the Luther Lions Club. An additional meeting will be held April 20 in the Pine River High School cafeteria. All the meetings will be conducted at 6 p.m. Time for questions and answers will be built into the presentations.

"This is a really exciting time for us at Pine River," said PRAS Superintendent Matt Lukshaitis. "Following a 14-month-long facilities study identifying structural, safety and security issues, the board of education spent October, November and December preparing applications and getting approval from the State of Michigan Treasury Department to proceed with seeking voter approval via a bond proposal on May 3, 2016.

"The intention of the meetings is to conduct a forum for discussion about the items on the bond. The committee wanted to make sure we didn’t design a proposal with any fluff. We are a tough, hard-working community and we want our kids to be safe, dry, and secure. We also want our students to have quality facilities during school and after school. Many of our kids compete athletically, participate in the fine arts, march and play in our bands, and are part of academic clubs."

Areas to be addressed by the bond include roofs at the elementary and middle-high school; secure entries at the main offices of the elementary, middle, and high school offices; parking lots; new well and back-up well at the middle-high school; replacement of boilers and upgrades to heating plants; new doors and windows; bleachers inside the high school gym, track and football field; reconfiguration of the existing band room — renovate and reopen the original stage onto the high school cafeteria; a dedicated wrestling room; replacement of the high school gym floor; replacement of pavement and sidewalks at the elementary and middle-high school; resurface the track; expansion of the upper elementary playground; and reinforcement of the sanitary leeching basin dike behind the middle-high school.