East China rolls out smaller-scale consolidation plan

East China School District officials are hoping voters will give a school consolidation bond proposal a second chance come March. Superintendent Suzanne Cybulla tells WPHM the district is proposing a scaled back $113-million bond following the defeat of a $148-million ask last May. She says the district will not be combining high schools and instead will renovate St. Clair and Marine City High Schools under the proposal, resulting in two grade 6-12 buildings. “The two communities, St. Clair and Marine City, wanted to keep their high schools separate,” said Cybulla.  “Marine City High School and Middle School already operate in one building… this proposal will have St. Clair do the same thing.” The current St. Clair Middle School would then become an elementary school. The bond also calls for an early childhood center and 8 vocational classrooms to be built at the district’s Meisner Road campus. The 1.5 mill proposed bond would cost a homeowner with a $100,000 market value approximately $75 additional dollars per year.

January 13 Suzanne Cybulla