School bond, township boards, issues up for vote

There are lots of local issues for Clarkston voters on the Aug. 2 primary ballot.
A $75,980,000 bond proposal for Clarkston Community Schools will be up for a vote.
If approved, the district could have funds as early as November. It would be spent over five years on the first phase of a long-term Master Plan for the district.
Work would include remodeled entryways at all school buildings to improve security, as well as parking lot work to improve pedestrian and vehicle traffic safety.
All schools would receive building improvements including roof work, boilers, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems, cabinetry, equipment, and new classroom furnishings.
The bond would also fund a new multipurpose practice field at Clarkston High School for athletic and band programs.
The current millage rate of seven mills would stay the same, extending the term of the district’s current bonds. The current bond is set to expire in 2029; approval of the new proposal would extend the payoff to 2045.
The entire board of trustees for Independence and Springfield townships are also up for a vote.
The townships have police and millage issues up for renewal. Springfield also placed a fire millage increase on the ballot.
Election coverage starts on page 13.
– Phil Custodio