New Revised School Calendar as of April 2nd, 2014
2013-14 Calendar below reflects a change on April 18, 2014 (Good Friday).
April 18, 2014 is now a school day with early dismissal (11:10 a.m.).
June 20, 2014 is the last scheduled school day with early dismissal (11:10 a.m.)
REVISED 2013-2014 SCHOOL CALENDAR
There will not be an election for Board of Education Trustees on this ballot, however we do have three positions that will be open as of December 31, 2014. The election for these three (3) Six Year Term Seats will take place in November of 2014 and more information will be available in upcoming weeks for those interested in running for these positions.
What does “non-homestead” mean?
Non-homestead represents industrial, commercial and some agricultural property and “second homes”. It does not include a family’s main residence.
I thought schools no longer received funding through property taxes, so why are they talking about a millage renewal?
Funding for school districts changed significantly in 1993/94 when Michigan voters passed Proposal A. Under Proposal A, the State pays the majority of the cost, but to receive full funding, schools must levy 18 mills on non-homestead property in their district.
Is this a new tax?
No! And this tax is on non-homestead property and does not apply to your primary residence.
What if the millage is voted down?
The revenue generated from the 18 mills totals over $2 million annually, greater than 16% of the school district’s budget. If this millage does not pass, the State does not make up the difference, and Onsted Schools will be forced to reduce or cut programs to offset the loss.
How are Michigan School districts funded?
Districts receive most of their funding on a per-pupil basis. The amount a school district receives per pupil is called the Foundation Allowance. The per-pupil Foundation Allowance for Onsted Schools is currently $7,026. This represents the major portion of Onsted Schools’ revenue and is funded from 2 sources: 1) Local Revenue – 18 mills collected on non-homestead property, and 2) State Revenue.
By law, to receive the total Foundation Allowance, Onsted Schools MUST collect a local “non-homestead” millage for this portion of the budget. The State reduces its obligation to districts by this amount and only pays the balance. Therefore, it is critical to continue to collect 18 mills on non-homestead property to attain full funding. AGAIN, THIS IS NOT AN INCREASE – IT IS A RENEWAL!
ATTACHED you will find more details and for more information, please contact the Board Office at 467-2173 .
Please mark your calendars and exercise your right to vote!
Mark Haag, Superintendent
Onsted Community Schools
Inspire - Challenge- Prepare
Every Person, Every Day
District Mission Statement:
The Mission of Onsted Community Schools is to ensure individual growth and an
excellent learning experience to foster active and creative minds, with compassion for
others and courage to be leaders in a diverse global community.