Voters Turn Down Fenton Schools $9.6 million Bond

A total of 54.65 percent of people vote no on the proposal.

Voters said no to a $9.6 million bond for Fenton Area Public Schools Tuesday.

A total of 1,110 residents (54.65 percent) voted no, while 921 voters marked yes on the ballot.

A total of 2,032 voters turned out from 16,175 registered (12.56 percent) for the election.

Technology in the classroom was one of the driving forces behind .

The bond proposal called for $6.4 million on technology including wireless access at the school, replacing older computers with current operating systems and software and upgrading the district data network in order to increase performance and capacity.

“Our students need the tools to be successful in the 21st century environment,”  Fenton Superintendent Dr. Timothy Jalkanen had said.

Updating school buses, improving traffic flow at  and increase parking capacity at  were also part of the bond. Additional security updates are also planned for every school building.

Many Fenton residents shared their opinions about the bond failure on the Fenton Patch Facebook Page.

"Glad. Stop the spending. Our kids have it good. They are very fortunate," posted John Nicholson.

"That's very sad for our kids!" commented Debi Johnson.

School Board President Lynn Hopper told the Flint Journal she wants to put the bond back on the ballot in the future.

"We'll just have to regroup. I have to hope that it's the economy – that's the reason for it (failing)," Hopper said in the article. "It's something that has to take place if we want out kids to succeed."

*Election results obtained from the Genesee County Clerk are unofficial.

sassyme May 10, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Oh, I agree Richard, the assumption that if you voted against the bond means that voter is anti-kid, is soooooooo wrong!
C.C. May 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I don't feel voters are trying to punish our children by failing the bond issue, rather the lack of accountability by the school administration to get a grip on spending and finally make the cuts needed was the reason for the bond going down in flames. As Mr. Marr stated, parents get out there and hawk the bond issue if you believe in it, explain your point of view to friends and neighbors--it's your children who will benefit. As with any issue there are talkers and there are doers. And as Mr. Smith stated, the school board will push and push and push till they either make everyone so tired of the issue or make them feel guilty for not supporting the vote. It's our civic responsibility to vote, not a privilege, it's a responsibility. If you don't vote you have nothing to gripe about. The admin needs to prove to the residents of the district that they are willing to resort to plan B and make some cuts.
stephanie pytlowanyj May 11, 2012 at 01:34 AM
I agree C.C.
Ryan Adams April 12, 2013 at 09:40 PM
I'm in 5 grade doing a HUUGE exhibition and met the super intendant and said there wouldnt be ipads or macs just a waaaaaay bigger improvement. And the those who said no that we dont need this stuff, screw u we need better tech. so we can learn more about it to go to college and get jobs!!!!!!!!!!!! :3
Ryan Adams April 12, 2013 at 09:42 PM


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