Elections

The Walled Lake Community is supportive of education and has demonstrated this time and time again throughout the history of the District. The support for education in the community begins with a dedicated Board of Education that truly makes decisions based on what is best for our students.

An obvious area where the community showed support for Walled Lake Schools is in the past three consecutive November elections when:

  • In 2012, our Building and Site Sinking Fund millage was approved for 10 years.
  • In 2013, a $67.5 million Safety, Security & Technology Bond was approved.
  • In 2014, the community renewed the 18 mill non-homestead and 3.9 mill hold harmless millage for the School District. 

Building Site & Sinking Fund Renewal 2012

WALLED LAKE CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT BUILDING AND SITE IMPROVEMENT SINKING FUND BACKGROUND

In June of 2012, the Board of Education approved a motion to ask the residents of the Walled Lake School District to renew the half mill levy for the District Building and Site Sinking Fund. The election for this renewal is Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

In Walled Lake Schools, our schools and facilities are in good repair as a result of the Sinking Fund that voters approved back in 2004. We have been able to do capital improvements annually, with Board approval, because of the current Building and Site Sinking Fund.

The Sinking Fund allows the District to keep the more than 2.5 million square feet of educational space and 780 acres of grounds and property in optimal condition for the thousands of students and community members that use the schools on a daily basis.

With the current Building and Site Sinking Fund we have been able to:

  • Resurface and repaired more than 1 million square feet of parking lots and replace nearly 200 parking lot lighting fixtures.
  • Repair dozens of boilers, chillers and ventilation systems in the schools.
  • Replace more than 200 damaged doors.
  • Replace over one half million square feet of carpet in numerous classrooms and corridors in the District.
  • Replace more than 200,000 square feet of cracked and broken sidewalks.

Our Building and Site Sinking Fund is a 10-year, .5-mil levy that generates about $2 million dollars per year for capital improvements for school buildings.

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Safety, Security & Technology Bond 2013

Thank you to the Walled Lake Schools community for your continued support throughout this election process. As a result of your commitment and support the entire Walled Lake Schools community will have enhanced safety, improved technology, new buses and many other improvements for years to come. 

Please know you have made a difference for more than 70,000 people in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District.

View the Unofficial Precinct Election Returns.

Voting Totals

Yes Votes: 6,541

No Votes: 5,862

Total Votes: 12,403


QUESTION: Did the Walled Lake School's RFP (Request for Proposal) ask for bidders to take over ownership of the buses? Is the RFP a part of the Dean Transportation Contract?  Who will own the purchased buses?  Please explain.

The District will retain and maintain all of the buses purchased with bond monies. They will not be given to Dean Transportation or any other company.

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Operating Millage Renewal 2014

Based upon unofficial results this evening, Tuesday, November 4, the Walled Lake Schools community approved the millage renewal for Walled Lake Consolidated School District and we are humbled by your support. The Unofficial Results are 20,414 Yes votes and 11,521 No votes with 31,935 residents voting.

Congratulations to Board Members Greg Janicki, Kathy Lyall and Chris Titus for being re-elected to serve on the Walled Lake Schools Board of Education.

On behalf of the Board of Education, the District thanks every parent, staff member, and citizen who participated in the election.

The millage renewal campaign effort was led by Mrs. Susan Ebeling and a dedicated WLCSD Citizens Committee. Mrs. Ebeling and the Citizens Committee deserve the utmost gratitude and admiration, as they led a campaign that reached out to the whole community.

Thank you Walled Lake Schools community for your continuous support, as we implement our philosophy of every child, every day. With this millage renewal our community has supported our children and made a difference for many years to come.

View the Unofficial Precinct Election Returns.


The Walled Lake Schools Board of Education recently authorized the Superintendent to begin the process to renew the 18 mill non-homestead and 3.9 mill hold harmless millage for the November 2014 annual school election. This millage is not an increase.

The 18 mill non-homestead millage represents $23 million of the District’s operating budget while the 3.9 mill hold harmless renewal millage represents $7 million of the District’s budget, for a total of $30 million of the district’s $154 million budget, or 20 percent of the District’s total budget. It is important to note the District currently collects approximately 2.2 mills of the 3.9 mills.

Superintendent Kenneth Gutman said the millage levies expires in July of 2015. There is no regular election in November of 2015. Renewing this millage in November 2014 ensures the continuity of services to the students and community and eliminates special election expenses.

“These millage proposals are not increases; they are renewals of the funding the community has supported for the last 20 years. We take our fiscal responsibility seriously and in these times of uncertain state funding, we want to ensure the local financial commitment to the District,” Gutman said.

Other facts about the proposed hold harmless and non-homestead operating millage renewal include:

  • Every district in the state is required to levy, with voter approval, 18 mills on all non-homestead properties, generally categorized as businesses, in order to receive full state funding under Proposal A. 
  • The levy on homestead properties, generally categorized as residential property, is capped at the amount necessary to ensure that the district’s combined state and local revenue equals the per pupil amount allowed under the state’s funding system. Walled Lake receives $8,245 per student and can only collect $437 locally under the law to reach this amount. Although in 2005, Walled Lake was authorized to levy up to 3.9 mills on residential properties, the District has never had to levy the maximum, and in the 2014-15 school year we will levy only 2.2, almost half of the authorized amount. 
  • The community last renewed both the 18 mill non-homestead levy and the 3.9 mill hold harmless levy in 2005.
  • Without this millage in place, the district would lose more than $30 million in the 2015-16 school year and the state would not make up the shortfall.
  • On a $200,000 home, the continued assessment is approximately $227 annually.  The levy for businesses will remain the same.
  • The election date is Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

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