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      MAPS Board presents bond proposal

      The Marquette Area Public Schools' Board of Education presented their plans for a $29 million bond proposal to update the city's school system.

      The plan calls for a 1.5 mill increase that the board says would cost taxpayers an average of $5 per month. The proposal would update the district's technology infrastructure and replace Bothwell Middle School with a new middle school where the high school's "pod" building now stands. The board answered questions from the audience and assured them this is the best plan for the district.

      "This is what we have to offer. It's the one that we researched that will give us long-term benefits, will benefit our students, will save money for the district and give our students a better learning facility all across the board," said MAPS Superintendent, Deborah Veiht.

      The board says the changes would result in an annual savings of over one million dollars. The bond issue will be on the November 8 ballot.

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