Wayland votes on school bond to improve school district buildings

Wayland votes on school bond to improve school district buildings. (WWMT Jared Penland)

The Wayland School District said it is bursting at the seams and some buildings are in desperate need of repair.

Newschannel 3's Christine VanTimmeren talked with the district superintendent about the improvements he hopes voters approve.

The Wayland School District tried to pass a much larger bond back in May and voters said no. So district leaders went back to the drawing board, surveyed the community and the Wayland Union Schools Superintendent Norm Taylor said he's cautiously optimistic voters will vote yes.

Taylor walked Newschannel 3 through all the improvements that will be made if the community gets on board.

He said, “A new wing at the middle school that will add 12 new classrooms. A couple large group instruction areas.”

Taylor said the district has exploded in the last six years, adding more than 200 students, and the growth isn’t slowing down.

Taylor said, “We're out of classroom space right now in most of our schools. We've had to move people out of offices to convert those to itinerate classrooms.”

The plan is to add an extension to the middle school and move 6th graders in. The middle school would also get upgrades to security, the gym scoreboard and bleachers. The tennis courts will get a much needed facelift.

Taylor said, “The eight courts at the middle school are beyond repair. We need to tear those out. We'll add four more courts, put all our courts in one location.”

Other improvements include infrastructure work, updated furnishings, and restroom remodeling.

The $19.25 million proposal won't raise millage rates at all for homeowners. An important change from May's proposal.

Taylor said, “it's a zero millage increase so we're at 8.4 mils now and that will continue for another three years with the existing mils that we have.”

Taylor said because the district is growing so rapidly, he knows things like the high school pool and new school buildings are in the future, but they will just take it one step at a time.

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