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MAPS Vision Plan

Manistee Area Public Schools seeks to create secure and efficient 21st century learning facilities supportive of our mission to provide an inclusive, high-quality, diverse educational environment that inspires and fulfills the goals of all learners at every stage of their journey.

A mission which includes a commitment to provide a stable educational foundation, designed to support the needs of our students, families, businesses, and community for generations to come.

May 4, 2021 Bond Language



Shall Manistee Area Public Schools, Manistee and Mason Counties, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Thirty Million Eight Hundred Fifty-Five Thousand Dollars ($30,855,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, for the purpose of:

erecting, furnishing, and equipping additions to school buildings; remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing, and equipping and re-equipping school buildings; acquiring, installing, equipping and re-equipping school buildings for instructional technology; and preparing, developing, improving and equipping a playground and sites?

The following is for informational purposes only:

The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2021, under current law, is 2.65 mills ($2.65 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation). The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is twenty-five (25) years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 2.96 mills ($2.96 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).

The school district does not expect to borrow from the State to pay debt service on the bonds. The total amount of qualified bonds currently outstanding is $7,720,000. The total amount of qualified loans currently outstanding is $0. The estimated computed millage rate may change based on changes in certain circumstances.

(Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited and the proceeds cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries, or other operating expenses.)

Thank you, Manistee!

Our community’s recognition of the importance of this bond initiative is greatly appreciated.


  • 2016: Due diligence process began with an effort to understand both an internal and external perspective regarding a vision for our District.
  • 2017: Facility assessment conducted to establish the current and future needs of our facilities.
  • 2018/19: Considering the feedback from our stakeholders, the facility assessment, current enrollment, and future projections a scaled facilities plan was developed that would address the needs of our district over the next 20 years.
  • Spring 2020: Although the bond proposal was delayed due to the pandemic, our vision for the future of our district has not changed. The bond proposal outlines a sustainable, scaled facility plan to meet the long-term physical and financial needs of our District.
  • Fall 2020: Review the bond proposal and Board consideration for ballot initiative.
  • Winter 2021: Board of Education votes to renew ballot initiative for May 4, 2021 vote.
  • May 4, 2021: Manistee Area Public Schools received support from the community for the MAPS 2020 Vision bond proposal.  With the bond passed, the execution of the Vision Plan will begin.
  • July 2023: Architectural plans revised and ready for bidding process.



Properly scaled learning environments that provide the necessary space and flexibility to meet our changing needs, with accommodations that encourage students of all interests and abilities to be active participants in the learning process.


Secure entrances of all district buildings and learning corridors in the event of a lockdown event, improved transportation routes, and enhanced interior and exterior security features. COVID-19 has redefined the meaning of “Safe Schools”.  In addition to the above safety features, we are also mindful of the importance of modern air quality standards, flexible and adequate learning spaces to meet evolving needs, and surfaces that can be easily sanitized




Changes in enrollment may impact our district capacity and financial future. Consideration has been given to align the capacity of individual buildings with enrollment projections while also considering maintenance and improvement requirements over the next 20 years.


Preschool Classroom


Resources to support students and families with the foundational services they need to start on the right pathway to achieve long-term academic success.


Properly scaled facility assets for enrollment capacity allowing for significant financial impact on District spending over the next 20 years.

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Location: 525 Twelfth St, Manistee, MI 49660 | Map
Central Office Hours:
M-F: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Superintendent: Ron Stoneman
Email: rstoneman@manistee.org