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Millage Proposal Information 2024

C.O.O.R. ISD schedules CTE election

The C.O.O.R. ISD Board of Education has approved placing a 10-year, one-mill tax proposal on the presidential primary ballot in February or March. Voter approval of the ballot proposal would enhance Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming open to students in six area school districts (Crawford-AuSable Schools, Fairview Area Schools, Houghton Lake Community Schools, Mio AuSable Schools, Roscommon Area Public Schools, and West Branch-Rose City Area Schools) and two public school academies.

Millage Proposal Fact Sheet

Voters may also want to review the PDF Documentfact sheet.

Why is this important?

C.O.O.R. ISD Superintendent Shawn Petri said the one-mill proposal would allow the ISD to enhance and expand CTE programs it offers to students in the local school districts and public school academies.

According to Natalie Davis, C.O.O.R. ISD’s CTE director, the ballot proposal is a direct result of the ISD’s strategic planning process and the ISD’s commitment to continually supporting and enhancing CTE programming offered to the six local school districts and two public school academies in the C.O.O.R. ISD service area.

CTE programming is in high demand as more students need training that will prepare them for high-skill, high-wage, high-demand jobs.

Davis said that employers are struggling to find well-trained workers in a variety of fields. That is true across Michigan and especially in Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw, and Roscommon Counties. “Our proposal is on the ballot to help local schools prepare students for success in today’s changing job market and to help employers find the trained, skilled workers that they need.”

If approved by voters, the ballot proposal will:

  • Eliminate tuition costs local districts now pay to the ISD for CTE programs
  • Continue to subsidize transportation costs for students attending CTE programs offered by the ISD
  • Enhance and expand CTE classrooms and instructional spaces
  • Update CTE-related instructional equipment for C.O.O.R. ISD and local school district programs
  • Accommodate the increasing demand for CTE classes and programs.

If the CTE proposal is approved by voters, taxes would increase by one mill. The average homeowner (living in a $150,000 home with a taxable value of $75,000) would pay 21¢ per day. While some homeowners would pay more, most homeowners would pay less than 21¢ per day

“All six local school districts are supportive of the millage proposal,” said Superintendent Petri. “Local school superintendents encouraged us to place this proposal on the ballot, and will be working with us to assure that voters are well informed about the proposal, that their questions are answered, and that they understand the proposed benefits to our students and our communities.”

More information about the proposal will be placed on school websites, sent to the news media, and mailed directly to area residents.

FAQ

To start, voters are encouraged to view the PDF DocumentFrequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document and to express their opinions about the ballot proposal in a brief survey:

Give us your feedback:

External Linkhttps://www.research.net/r/COORCTEMILLAGE

Millage Postcards

PDF DocumentPostcard mailed in December

PDF DocumentPostcard mailed in January

Contact us

Area residents can contact Natalie Davis, CTE Director at 989-275-9536 or email her at davisn@coorisd.net.  Residents may also contact the Superintendent of their local school district.

 

Today’s Date: January 19, 2024

COOR ISD IS WORKING TO FIX A PROBLEM

In Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw, and Roscommon Counties

COOR ISD’s February 27 CTE millage is designed to fix a problem.

          “Quite simply,” says COOR ISD Superintendent Shawn Petri, “our area, like many others in Michigan, is facing a shortage of workers who have the training and skills that employers want.

          “It’s a problem that is frustrating everyone, including students who are demanding more vocational programs, employers who can’t find qualified help, and people in our communities who can’t find skilled workers.”

          Petri believes there is one answer to this multi-dimensional problem: expand CTE (vocational) programming while cutting costs. He says the one-mill CTE proposal on the February 27th ballot will increase and enhance vocational programs for students in Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw, and Roscommon Counties. While the proposal will cost the average taxpayer about 21¢ per day, it will eliminate over $200,000 in tuition costs that local school districts now pay to enroll their students in CTE programs. “We also will continue to subsidize transportation costs that local school districts incur to bus their students to COOR ISD-affiliated vocational programs,” added Petri. “And, while students will be able to graduate with certification in programs such as automotive technology, business and marketing, construction trades, medical occupations, public safety/criminal justice, education, and welding, they will also be eligible to receive free college credit for many of their vocational classes. It will also be possible to graduate from high school with an Associate Degree tuition-free.”  

          Local school district superintendents agree that voter approval of the CTE millage will improve employment conditions in their communities. For example, Superintendent Ben Williams of Houghton Lake said the State of Michigan is concerned about young people leaving the state after high school. “If we provide students with employable skills in jobs and careers that are in high demand, I believe they will continue to live and work in our communities. Employers continually tell me that there are good jobs available, but no qualified workers to fill them. The CTE millage will be a step in the right direction.”

          Police officer Joshua Esch agrees. He has been employed by the Oscoda County Sheriff’s Department for the past five years, even though he is now just 24 years old.

Esch graduated from the Criminal Justice Program offered through COOR ISD’s CTE program and the tuition-free early college program COOR ISD operates in conjunction with Kirtland Community College. Esch said he learned a great deal in his CTE program. “The staff associated with the CTE program genuinely cared about the success of their students, pushing us to be successful in our studies and helping us to acquire the skills necessary to be successful in our field of study.”

          Esch said that he loves his job and sees himself continuing in the law enforcement field “… for many more years.”

          Petri and COOR ISD’s CTE Director Natalie Davis have been sharing information about the February 27 millage proposal across the four-county region. Davis encourages residents to visit the ISD’s website (www.coorisd.net) or contact her directly by phone (989/275-9536) or email  (davisn@coorisd.net) for more information or answers to questions.v

The proposal is designed to enhance and expand CTE programming

C.O.O.R. ISD schedules CTE election

The C.O.O.R. ISD Board of Education has approved placing a 10-year, one-mill tax proposal on the presidential primary ballot in February or March. Voter approval of the ballot proposal would enhance Career and Technical Education (CTE) programming open to students in six area school districts (Crawford-AuSable Schools, Fairview Area Schools, Houghton Lake Community Schools, Mio AuSable Schools, Roscommon Area Public Schools, and West Branch-Rose City Area Schools) and two public school academies.

C.O.O.R. ISD Superintendent Shawn Petri said the one-mill proposal would allow the ISD to enhance and expand CTE programs it offers to students in the local school districts and public school academies.

According to Natalie Davis, C.O.O.R. ISD’s CTE director, the ballot proposal is a direct result of the ISD’s strategic planning process and the ISD’s commitment to continually supporting and enhancing CTE programming offered to the six local school districts and two public school academies in the C.O.O.R. ISD service area.

CTE programming is in high demand as more students need training that will prepare them for high-skill, high-wage, high-demand jobs.

Davis said that employers are struggling to find well-trained workers in a variety of fields. That is true across Michigan and especially in Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw, and Roscommon Counties. “Our proposal is on the ballot to help local schools prepare students for success in today’s changing job market and to help employers find the trained, skilled workers that they need.”

If approved by voters, the ballot proposal will:

  • Eliminate tuition costs local districts now pay to the ISD for CTE programs
  • Continue to pay transportation costs for students attending CTE programs offered by the ISD
  • Enhance and expand CTE classrooms and instructional spaces
  • Update CTE-related instructional equipment for C.O.O.R. ISD and local school district programs
  • Accommodate the increasing demand for CTE classes and programs.

            If the CTE proposal is approved by voters, taxes would increase by one mill. The average homeowner (living in a $150,000 home with a taxable value of $75,000) would pay 21¢ per day. While some homeowners would pay more, most homeowners would pay less than 21¢ per day

“All six local school districts are supportive of the millage proposal,” said Superintendent Petri. “Local school superintendents encouraged us to place this proposal on the ballot, and will be working with us to assure that voters are well informed about the proposal, that their questions are answered, and that they understand the proposed benefits to our students and our communities.”

More information about the proposal will be placed on school websites, sent to the news media, and mailed directly to area residents.

To start, voters are encouraged to visit C.O.O.R. ISD’s website (www.coorisd.net) to view a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document and to express their opinions about the ballot proposal in a brief survey.

We value feedback from residents within the Intermediate School District! 

https://www.research.net/r/COORCTEMILLAGE

C.O.O.R. INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT AREA CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROPOSAL

Shall C.O.O.R. Intermediate School District, Michigan, come under sections 681 to 690 of the Revised School Code, as amended, and establish an area career and technical education program, which is designed to encourage the operation of area career and technical education programs, if the annual property tax levied for this purpose is limited to 1 mill ($1.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 10 years, 2024 to 2033, inclusive; the estimate of the revenue the intermediate school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2024 is approximately $3,907,442 from local property taxes authorized herein?

 

SUMMARY OF BALLOT PROPOSITION TO BE INSERTED IN THE NOTICES OF LAST DAY OF REGISTRATION AND ELECTION:

C.O.O.R. INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT

AREA CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROPOSAL

1 MILL FOR 10 YEARS