2018 Bond Proposals

THANK YOU!

The Grand Ledge Board of Education unanimously approved placing two bond proposals on the November 6, 2018 ballot, and YOU -- THE GRAND LEDGE COMMUNITY -- VOTED TO APPROVE BOTH BONDS!

This page will continue to be updated with more information.
 

Looking for Current Requests for Bids or Proposals for Bond Projects?  Please visit this page for current requests for bids or proposals for bond projects.

 

 

BOND PRIORITIES APPROVED by BOE

The following information is from the November 14, 2022, Board of Education meeting. The priorities were approved unanimously at that meeting.  You can see the entire board presentation here.

Bond Projects

 

 

 

Bond Updates

Construction of the new Wacousta as of Nov. 2023

Click the image above for a larger version of the graphic.

To look closer at the floor plan of the new Wacousta, open this pdf file.

The Wacousta campus has a bigger image you can view.

View more information about the new Wacousta in the 6-page Bond Update - July 2023 pdf (7.3MB).

 

 

Earlier Bond Updates

The New Wacousta from Above – Nov. 2023
Wacousta Construction Photos -- Oct. 23, 2023

 

Site Work at Wacousta – July 2023

 

 

 

The New Wacousta Elementary School

 

View the 6-page Bond Update - July 2023 pdf (7.3MB).

Bond Update - July 2023

 

Future Wacousta Campus

To look closer, click the image below to open a bigger image.

Future Wacousta Campus

 

Floor Plan for the New Wacousta

To look closer, click the image below to open a pdf file

Floor Plan of New Wacousta

 

 

Bond Update at July 10, 2023 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at June 26, 2023 School Board Meeting

 

 

New Facilities & AD Win GLPS Hosting Opportunities for MHSAA & CAAC Events

June 19, 2022

The improvements made at GLPS because of the bond projects have given the Athletic Department the opportunity to host numerous MHSSA events and CAAC events. This is great exposure for not only our school district but our entire community. The track and swim events were never even a possibility before the new facilities were built.

Just this year, GLPS hosted the following tournament events:

  • Track and Field Regional (MHSAA)
  • CAAC Track and Field League Meet
  • Girls' Soccer Semifinal (MHSAA)
  • Girls' Soccer Districts (MHSAA)
  • CAAC Girls' Swim League Meet
  • Boys' Lacrosse Quarterfinal (MHSAA)
  • Gymnastics Regional (MHSAA)
  • CAAC Boys' Swim League Meet
  • Softball Districts (MHSAA)
  • Volleyball Districts (MHSAA)
  • Boys Soccer Semifinal (MHSAA)
  • Girls' Golf Regional (MHSAA)

Also, with the renovation to the South end of the high school, GLPS has been awarded the MHSAA boys' basketball district tournament for the upcoming school year as well!

The outstanding coaches, game management staff, and loyal volunteers made all this possible as well. The Athletic Department could not have hosted these events without the hard work and dedication of many individuals.

Thank you so much for all your support!

 

 

Bond Update at May 22, 2023 School Board Meeting

 

 

May 19, 2023 - Superintendent's Email Message

 

GLPS letterhead

GLPS Families,

As we approach the end of May, and move closer to the end of the school year, we begin to think about summer break and preparing for fall. Part of that preparation is bringing new spaces online through our bond projects, and preparing for additional projects that will carry us through next year. At last night’s Parent School Improvement Team (PSIT) meeting, I received some feedback about doing a better job of sharing some of those updates, so I wanted to make sure to take some time today to do just that; share our progress.

  1. We have been given occupancy on the high school fine arts and athletics facility. Some of the areas, including locker rooms, are still closed as we finalize the project, but our band students finally got to move into their new room! Here is what it looks like:
    band room
    fine arts and athletic addition
    athletic entrance

  2. Delta Center is moving along as well, and all spaces will be ready for fall. The new secure entrance and office is taking shape, and the new classrooms for art and music, located along a corridor that will improve student flow in the building, are nearly complete as well. When it is done, the DC entry will mirror Holbrook’s and Beagle’s with a locked vestibule that requires guests to be buzzed into the office or the school. There is progress on the new road out to Michigan avenue, too. When the opens, it will significantly improve the drop off and pick up issues created by the current configuration. Here are pictures of the road, the new entrance, and the new hallway/classroom addition:
    road   Delta Center entrance
    Delta Center addition

  3. The next project that is actively in the design phase, includes roof replacements at the high school and Neff, along with a new heating and cooling system and secure entry at the high school. As our high school students and staff are well aware, the temperatures in the high school classrooms are unpredictable at best and uncomfortable at worst, and the system needs to be replaced. We also know that in this day and age, the more secure our entities can be, the better, and the high school’s will be designed to mirror Beagle’s and Holbrook’s, just like we are doing with Delta Center’s.

  4. The Wacousta project is currently out for bid. At this time, we are still on track to begin the project over the summer. The design of the new building received extensive input from Wacousta and district staff, and was thoughtfully put together to include the “Open for All” feeling through open lobbies and large windows that makes Wacousta special, while creating walled classrooms that are more conducive to a safe learning environment that we need in a 21st century school. It will also have the same secure entries as the other buildings mentioned. And, of course, the Dream Depot is integral to the layout of the site!

  5. We are putting the finishing touches on the pool repairs that I mentioned in earlier communications. While it is not ready yet, we are excited about putting the competition pool back into use, and appreciative that we were able to make the repairs at no cost to the district.

Those are all of the current projects underway. In the future, we will be making upgrades at Hayes and Willow Ridge and developing an agriscience building in the district. All bond projects, including the ones that have been completed and the ones I referenced here, can be found on our bond page (a special shout out goes to our Communications Director, John Ellsworth, for his work on the page and our website in general; last Friday was School Communicators Day, and John does an outstanding job managing our district communications). 

We greatly appreciate the support of the community on these projects.  They are truly transforming our district! Thank you to the GLPS team for all of their work in managing these projects, to Clark Construction for overseeing construction, to GMB for their design work, and to all the subcontractors who have made these improvements possible. 

Have a wonderful weekend; as always, I am #proudtobeacomet!

Dr. Bill Barnes

Dr. Bill Barnes
Superintendent of Schools

 

 

Bond Update at April 24 2023 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Project Highlighted on Local TV News


A couple of bond projects were highlighted on the local news recently.  Right before spring break, FOX47NEWS did a story about how student-athletes are using the new track this season.  During spring break, WILX News10 did a story about our bond projects, specifically our Fine Arts & Athletics addition at the high school.  It showed off some of the new spaces and even highlighted some of the "hidden" improvements (pump, filtration) at the community pool at the high school.  Both of these stories serve as a good reminder that the bonds are improving things for our students, staff, and community.  

  

 

 

Bond Update at March 13, 2023 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at February 27, 2023 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at January 23, 2023 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at December 12, 2022 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at November 14, 2022 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at October 24, 2022 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at September 26, 2022 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at August 22, 2022 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at July 11, 2022 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at June 27, 2022 School Board Meeting

 

 

The Three Phases of the Bond Projects

The following information is from a presentation shared with the Board of Education on May 23, 2022.  Download a pdf file of the full presentation shown at the Board meeting.

 

Phase 1 - COMPLETED!

Holbrook, Beagle, Competition Pool, and Track & Facility

Phase 1 New Competition Pool

Phase I portion of the presentation (pdf)

 

Phase 2 - STARTED!

Fine Arts & Athletics Addition to GLHS, Delta Center, and Wacousta

Phase 2 Fine Arts & Athletic addition to GLHS

Phase II portion of the presentation (pdf)

 

Phase 3 - Still to Come...

Construction Woes as well as GLHS, Hayes, Willow Ridge, Neff, and Morris

Phase 3 Steel Costs Increase 63%

Construction Woes & Phase III portion of the presentation (pdf)

 

 

Bond Update at May 23, 2022 School Board Meeting

 

Presentation shown at Board meeting

Presentation shown at Board meeting
Download a pdf file of the full presentation shown at the Board meeting.

 

Phase 1 New Competition Pool

Phase I portion of the presentation - Holbrook, Beagle, Competition Pool, and Track & Facility

 

Phase 2 Fine Arts & Athletic addition to GLHS

Phase II portion of the presentation - Fine Arts & Athletics Addition to GLHS, Delta Center, and Wacousta

 

Phase 3 Steel Costs Increase 63%

Construction Woes & Phase III portion of the presentation - GLHS, Hayes, Willow Ridge, Neff, and Morris

 

Video of Bond Update at May 23, 2022 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at April 25, 2022 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at March 14, 2022 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at February 28, 2022 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at January 24, 2022 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at November 8, 2021 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at October 25, 2021 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at September 27, 2021 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at August 23, 2021 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at July 12, 2021 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at May 10, 2021 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at April 12, 2021 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at March 22, 2021 School Board Meeting

 

 

GLPS Property Transferred to MDOT at February 22, 2021 School Board Meeting

 
The non-motorized trail along M-43 will be pushed outside the MDOT right-of-way once the roundabout is built, so GLPS transferred the red-shaded property to MDOT so they will be able to access, maintain, and use that trail.

Property Transferred to MDOT

 

 

Bond Update at February 22, 2021 School Board Meeting

 

 

Pool & Music Construction at Beagle - January 2021

 

 

Bond Update at January 11, 2021 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at December 14, 2020 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at November 16, 2020 School Board Meeting

 

 

Second Meeting about M-43 Connection -- October 27, 2020

 
Presentation at the Meeting

Please note this pdf of the presentation has been updated to reflect the correction to the date of the traffic study.
M-43 Presentation

Roundabout Video Mentioned at the Meeting

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Video Recording of the Meeting

 

 

Second Meeting about M-43 Connection -- 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 27, 2020 M-43 Meeting on October 27, 2020

 
Three years ago in November 2017, Grand Ledge Public Schools began trying to get access to the “22 acres” from M-43. Since then, Grand Ledge Public Schools has worked with many government agencies to determine what access will be safe and allowed. Grand Ledge Public Schools is holding a second virtual meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27 to share information and get feedback about the M-43 connection. Visit GLcomets.net/Bonds for more information and instructions to access the meeting.

Please click the link below at the time of the meeting to join the Zoom webinar / virtual meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89127190118?pwd=UndPTjk2SGRkV2xUL2tQa0ZXeE8xUT09
Passcode: 632979
Or Telephone:  +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 436 2866  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782 
Webinar ID: 891 2719 0118

 

 

Meeting about M-43 Connection -- October 19, 2020

 
Presentation at the Meeting

Please note this pdf of the presentation has been updated to reflect the correction to the date of the traffic study.
M-43 Presentation

Roundabout Video Shown at the Meeting

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Video Recording of the Meeting

 

 

Meetings about M-43 Connection and GLPS Bond WorkMeetings about M-43 Connection and Bond Work

6:00 p.m., Monday, October 19  -AND-  6:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 27

Three years ago in November 2017, Grand Ledge Public Schools began trying to get access to the “22 acres” from M-43. Since then, Grand Ledge Public Schools has worked with many government agencies to determine what access will be safe and allowed. Grand Ledge Public Schools is holding two virtual meetings – Monday, October 19 & Tuesday, October 27, both staring at 6:00 p.m. – to share information and get feedback about the M-43 connection. Visit GLcomets.net/Bonds for more information and instructions to access the meeting.

Please click the link below at the time of the meeting to join the Zoom webinar / virtual meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89127190118?pwd=UndPTjk2SGRkV2xUL2tQa0ZXeE8xUT09
Passcode: 632979
Or Telephone:  +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 436 2866  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782 
Webinar ID: 891 2719 0118

 

 

Bond Update at October 26, 2020 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update - October 2020Bond Update - October 2020

View the 10-page Bond Update - October 2020 pdf (7.0MB).

 

 

Bond Update at September 28, 2020 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at August 24, 2020 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update at July 20, 2020 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update - June 2020Bond Update - June 2020

View the 10-page Bond Update - June 2020 pdf (11.5MB).

 

 

Bond Update at June 22, 2020 School Board Meeting

 

 

Bond Update - May 2020

View the 8-page Bond Update - May 2020 pdf (7.4MB).

 

 

Community Bond Presentations

6:00 p.m., Thursday, October 10  -AND-  6:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 16
Sawdon Administration Building, 220 Lamson Street, Grand Ledge  48837

All are welcome to attend!  Learn about the upcoming construction at Beagle and Holbrook as well as view visual architectural renderings for the first phase of the bond improvements.  All are welcome to see the exciting plans for the future of Grand Ledge Public Schools.

 

 

From the 2019 Fall INSIDER - August 11, 2019


See the entire 2019 Fall INSIDER here.

 

 

From the 2019 Spring INSIDER - April 7, 2019


See the entire Spring 2019 INSIDER here.

 

 

Community Bond Presentations

 

 

 

 

The Bond Proposals
 

Proposal One was developed to create SMARTER, STRONGER, SAFER Grand Ledge Public Schools.  Proposal One would provide $118,640,000 for district-wide building and grounds improvements that would address identified and ongoing building issues and would support the district's grade restructuring initiative.

 

 

Proposal Two would provide $29,485,000 for athletic and fine arts building and grounds improvements designed for district and community use.

 

 

 

Informational Videos

 

Overview of Both Bond Proposals - 3:58

 

District's Grade Restructuring Initiative - 1:30

 

SMARTER schools - 1:30

 

STRONGER schools - 1:08

 

SAFER schools - 0:58

 

 

 

Paid for by Grand Ledge Public Schools, 220 Lamson Street, Grand Ledge, Michigan 48837

 

 

Chief Financial Officer

Julie Waterbury

Julie Waterbury, CFO
Chief Financial Officer
(517) 925-5422

 

Bond & Capital Improvements Supervisor

John Piper

John Piper
Bond & Capital Improvements Supervisor
(517) 925-5408

 

Information for 2018 Bond

 

External Link Confidential Tax Calculator.  Use this link to calculate the specific costs of the bond proposal to you.

 

PDF Document Board Resolution - Bond Proposals 

 

PDF Document Ballot Language (Exhibit A)

PDF Document Bond Information, 2-page flyer

PDF Document Fall 2018 INSIDER with information about the bond proposals

PDF Document Overview of Bond Proposals by Superintendent Dr. Brian Metcalf

PDF Document Bond Boards Project Summary, the posters with conceptual graphics explaining the bond proposals

PDF Document Breakdown of Bond Proposals, where the money is going for the bond proposals

External Link Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

External Link Where do I vote?

External Link Request an Absent Voter (AV) Ballot 

External Link  Where do I send my AV Ballot App?