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Superintendent's Desk

Parchment Schools Superintendent Matt Miller

May 2017

Spring is here "sunshine and warmth, finally! It is hard to believe but it is nearly time to honor our Class of 2017 graduates! Please help us in congratulating our Valedictorian for 2017, Nate Fialkoff, and our Salutatorian, Karli Crouch, as well as the rest of our graduates. Our seniors will experience our traditionally outstanding ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 2, at Miller Auditorium on the campus of Western Michigan University. Please join us for this celebration if you are able!

On Monday, December 19, 2016, the Parchment Board of Education passed a resolution asking Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency (KRESA) to place a renewal of the 1.5 mill countywide enhancement millage for 3 years beginning in 2017 on the May ballot. For the Parchment School District, this millage provides about $560,000 a year to support our basic educational programs. The added funding is especially crucial as overall revenue for the Parchment School District is very similar to 2007.

This countywide enhancement millage was originally passed in May, 2005 with 51% of the voters in support. It was renewed in 2008 with 57% in support, again in 2011 with about 71% in favor, and again in 2014 with 68% in support. The numbers show that the voters of Kalamazoo County strongly support this additional funding for our public schools.

A recent survey completed by EPIC-MRA, funded through KRESA, indicated that 78% of respondents would likely vote yes, or would lean toward a yes vote if the renewal was on the May ballot. With that said, EPIC-MRA noted it is imperative that our residents get out to cast their vote.

If passed, this millage will cost the average homeowner about $88 per year based on an
average taxable home value of $58,821 in Kalamazoo County. And, since this is a renewal, homeowners would not see any increase in tax rates if approved. Of note for Parchment residents, for every $1.00 homeowners pay in, our school district will receive $1.82 in return! This is obviously a bargain for our taxpayers based on the mandatory state distribution formula.

We ask that you please get out to vote so your voice can be heard. Thanks for your continued support of the Parchment School District!

Yours in Education,
Matthew J. Miller,
Superintendent