Needs of RCAPS to be showcased prior to voting

REED CITY – Before voting on the Regional Enhancement Millage on May 8, voters may get the opportunity to see exactly what the funds would do for Reed City Area Public Schools in a special meeting in April.

The meeting will begin with a detailed presentation by Superintendent Steve Westhoff of what the money would be spent on. Voters also would be given a tour of facilities and vehicles that would be repaired or replaced with enhancement millage funds.

“We’ll provide as much documentation of need as we possibly can,” Westhoff said. “We want voters to understand the degree of the needs we have.”

The millage, which would bring in an expected $270,000 a year for five years, would raise the taxes on a home with a $100,000 taxable value by less than 75 cents a week. Westhoff said many voters may not realize the benefits to the school that will come from the approval of the millage.

“We want to communicate our plans to the greatest extent possible,” Westhoff said.

The tentative purchase list, approved by the school board at its meeting Monday, includes the purchase of five buses, the replacement of the middle school roof, and resurfacing the high school track and gym floor among other improvements over the course of five years.

Taxpayers who attend the meeting could be shown things such as old buses with outdated radio communication systems and holes in the high school track that create a safety hazard for athletes.

Westhoff hopes by giving voters a first-hand look at the condition of school facilities, support for the millage will increase. The meeting will be announced to voters after it has been organized and the date determined, Westhoff said.

In other business, the board:

  • approved coaching recommendations by athletic director Monty Price for Willie Jacobs as seventh and eighth grade wrestling coach, Tara Price as eighth grade volleyball coach, Bethany Sabo as seventh grade volleyball coach and Dana Joughin as volunteer coach;
  • approved the hiring of Jessica Windquist as a teacher for the Great Start readiness program. The program will be operated by MOISD in the fall, and the board will give Windquist a recommendation for that position;
  • approved the move of the William M. Porteous Scholarship to the Osceola County Community Foundation. The move will not affect students eligible for the scholarship and the amount of the scholarship may be increased; and
  • agreed to review documentation on the NEOLA bullying policy and vote on whether or not to adopt the policy at the next meeting.

The board’s next meeting will be held  at 7 p.m. on March 19 at the administrative annex building, located at 220 West Lincoln Avenue in Reed City.