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Okemos (Mich.) district wants to replace 3 school buildings

May 25, 2022
A $275 million bond proposal on the November ballot would provide money to replace Chippewa and Kinawa middle schools and Cornell Elementary.

The Okemos (Mich.) district is looking to replace three of its existing schools.

The Lansing State Journal reports that the school board has decided to place a $275 million bond request on the November ballot. It would provide funds to build replacement facilities for Chippewa Middle School, Kinawa Middle School and Cornell Elementary.

District officials said rebuilding all three schools would be less costly than renovating them.

The proposal calls for building a new Cornell at its existing site. An earlier proposal called for rebuilding Cornell in a different neighborhood, but after feedback from the community, board members voted 5-2 to keep Cornell at its existing location, even though it could cost an additional $6.5 million.

If voters approve the bond request in November, the first school to be rebuilt will be Chippewa Middle School, which would open in 2026.

Cornell Elementary would open in 2028, and Kinawa Middle would open in 2030. 

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