Dexter School District Voters to Decide Multi-Generational Activity Mile

Decision time comes Tuesday, August 2, when voters in the Dexter Community School District will approve or reject a 20-year recreational mileage of 1.0 million.

Ahead of Decision Day, the Dexter Community Schools School Board at its July 18 meeting approved the first reading of a policy to establish a multi-generational activities committee.

Part of the policy states, “The Mileage Multi-Generational Activity Committee shall be comprised of a minimum of nine and a maximum of sixteen representatives from the District and various community stakeholders from the District. All members must be formally appointed by the school board before serving on the committee. »

The school district also held a community forum July 20 on the proposed mileage.

As a catch-up for those still unclear on the mileage issue, here are some basics.

School district officials say this Multigenerational Activity Mileage creates a funding mechanism to support multigenerational activities for all members of the Dexter community.

During the forum, a presentation slide posed the question: Why does DCS require Multi-Generation Activity Mileage?

The answer:

“DCS is the only legal entity authorized to operate a system of public recreation and playgrounds encompassing all of DCS’s 84+ square miles. The recreation system will be a community recreation program serving the multigenerational recreational interests of the Dexter community. Formal planning and oversight of the recreation system and funding for the twenty-year period is essential for DCS to plan for and meet the recreational interests of all generations of the Dexter community. If voters approve the proposed recreational mileage on the August 2, 2022 ballot, the DCS School Board will establish a Multigenerational Activity Mileage Advisory Committee to create short- and long-term multigenerational recreation plans for the entire school. the community of Dexter. The composition of the millage Business Multi-Generational Advisory Committee will be outlined in the policies of the Board of Directors with the composition of the committee representing the multi-generational and recreational interests of the entire Dexter community. The Multigenerational Activity Mileage Activity Committee will have the authority to create annual budgets to reflect the short and long term multigenerational activity needs of the community over the 20 year mileage.

If approved, it would fund three core priorities:

  • Approximately 25% will provide stable funding for Dexter’s senior operations and location at a DCS facility.
  • Approximately 25% will support the construction and operation of a future Dexter Community Center that will be open to the Dexter community during the day and evening.
  • Approximately 50% will provide recreational activities for youth and adults, including fine arts (art, music, drama, etc.), sports for youth and adults, and enrichment activities (robotics, indoor activities and exteriors, etc.) for members of all ages in the Dexter community.

These are just a few of the basics. There is much more information on the proposed mileage at: https://www.dexterschools.org/district/board-of-education.

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