CLK seeks bond issue millage

Graham Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette CLK schools is seeking voter approval of a 1.98 millage for a bond issue to finance upgrades to buildings and facilities. Seen here, the athletic field on Elm Street has not seen significant work since the mid-1990s, when the track was resurfaced.

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — The Public Schools of Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw is proposing a referendum on the August ballot for a millage to fund a bond issue to for upgrades, security, and repairs to several district facilities and buildings, said Superintendent Christopher Davidson.

“The plans are pretty extensive,” said Davidson, “but we’re looking at four main areas of focus.”

First and foremost is security, he said, which has been problematic in planning, because of the educational and public use of the high school. The proposal is for 1.98 mils.

“We have some really unique needs,” Davidson said. “We have a public library that operates out of here, we need to leave that open to the public.” That space needs to remain open to the public, as the library receives 100-125 patrons per day, said Davidson, while also securing the buildings.

Davidson said the board has met with all local law enforcement agencies for their recommendations, while looking at systems elsewhere to provide security.

“We’ve taken everything into consideration: everything that they’ve told us, everything that we’ve researched and looked at, like other schools and currently what they’re doing right now for security,” Davidson said. “We’re planning on incorporating those into our security for this specific building.”

“It provides some pretty unique challenges, but I think we have a pretty good plan.”

The second area will focus on critical infrastructure needs and critical updates around the building. Davidson said this will cover flooring to window to doors, as well as the heating system, all of which will provide significant efficiency upgrades to the systems and the building, he said.

COMING UP: Other areas of focus include educational upgrades to the buildings and the athletic field, Davidson said, which are critical to offering the students what he calls a 21st century education.