Lamphere School District seeks to renew operating mileage

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The entrance to Lessenger Elementary, which is part of Lamphere Public Schools. The district has a general operating mileage to renew on November 2, and officials say this is vital to the stability of the district.

Photo by Deb Jacques

MADISON HEIGHTS – Once every 10 years, voters are asked if they should renew the general operating mileage of Lamphere public schools – vital funding. This mileage must be renewed during the general elections of November 2.

The mileage proposal is for another 10 year period. This would allow the district to continue to collect the legal limit of 18 mills on non-family properties such as businesses, and stay at that rate if Headlee is reduced down to 1.25 mills.

With respect to residential properties, current law limits the amount of their taxation to that part necessary for the school district to receive the full income per state authorized student. In 2021, that amount was 14.5 miles.

The school district charges $ 1 for every $ 1,000 of taxable assessment, multiplied by the mileage rate.

If approved, the operating mileage is expected to bring in nearly $ 14 million in calendar year 2022.

In a series of emails, Dale Steen, the district superintendent, and Patrick Dillon, the assistant district superintendent for business and finance, explained how the majority of operating mileage – over 85% – pays salaries and benefits of staff, including teachers. Other costs covered by the operating mileage include educational supplies, professional development training, textbooks, utility expenses, bus transportation, and other district expenses.

“An operating mileage is absolutely essential for any school district because it represents a significant portion of the general fund income needed to educate students,” said Dillon.

The two officials called the district’s current financial health “strong,” noting that in Oakland County there are 28 public school districts and Lamphere is one of only two districts in the county to have no debt. . This is thanks, in part, to a sinking fund financed by taxpayers and dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of buildings and facilities in the neighborhood.

The current fund balance also equates to about two months of operating expenses, which is very much in line with recommendations made at the state level.

In recent years, the district has replaced flooring at Simonds Elementary School and Edmonson Elementary School, and will continue to replace flooring in other schools over the next several years. The district has also completed roofing and paving projects.

In addition, Lamphere Public Schools are in the process of completing a health clinic at Lamphere Secondary School which will be accessible to all students. At the time of going to press, the clinic was scheduled to open in October, weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays, with a licensed family physician as medical director, as well as a certified nurse. , a therapist who is a licensed mental health professional and a licensed medical assistant.

Services will include physical exams, patient visits, individual and group counseling, and a variety of school and community education programs. The clinic has been approved by the Michigan Department of Community Health to bill medical insurance companies for services – parents and guardians will not assume any responsibility for any portion of unpaid balances on these bills.

More information about the clinic will be available in the coming weeks.

As for the renewal of the mileage, the Superintendent said he appreciates the support of taxpayers, past and present.

“The Lamphere community has always been very supportive of our mileage proposals,” said Steen. “We have always greatly appreciated their support and have devoted these dollars in the most effective way possible to help our students succeed in their educational endeavors.”


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