May 4, 2021: Clinton, MI -- Poll workers at the Clinton Township Hall at 172 West Michigan Avenue finalized the ballot a little after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, revealing that the School Bond Proposal, the only item on the ballot, passed with flying colors. Of the 965 ballots cast, 625 voted for the proposal while 338 voted against it. Two ballots were declared “undervotes.”
“The big winners, of course, are our students, who will have secure, updated, and modern facilities in which to learn, perform and compete,” Clinton Community Schools Superintendent Jim Cracraft said in a press release issued after the results were announced.
The proposal called for the issuance of a $34.8 million bond for the purpose of “Erecting, furnishing and equipping additions to school buildings; remodeling, equipping and re-equipping and furnishing and refurnishing school buildings; acquiring, installing, equipping and re-equipping school buildings for instructional technology; purchasing school buses; and preparing, developing and improving sites.”
The district began exploring the possibility of improving and updating facilities by issuing a new bond almost eighteen months ago, according to Cracraft.
The new bond will not take effect until 2022, when the 1997 bond is paid, according to information provided by the district.
“The support and trust our voters have demonstrated today in the people who make up the Clinton Community Schools is deeply appreciated,” Cracraft said. “(It) will continue to challenge us as a learning organization to be the best we can be, every day, for kids and families. Thank you.”
Bond proceeds will be used to expand capacity in the preschool, elementary school and high school, to re-purpose the current middle school structure as a community use facility and school board administrative offices, and to update and improve infrastructure, technology, and transportation.
The Clinton Community School District has 5,119 registered voters across the townships of Clinton, Bridgewater, Manchester, Saline, Macon, Tecumseh, and Franklin. Clinton Township poll workers had to wait for absentee ballots from other townships to be delivered Tuesday night for counting. Clerk Joann Steffens reported that 1,537 Absentee ballot applications were mailed and 683 actual ballots were mailed, though only 555 (about 81%)were actually returned. About 97% of absentee ballots were returned in the fall presidential election.
“It probably costs us close to double to conduct an election (now),” Steffens said regarding absentee ballots.