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ERIC Number: EJ904661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-651X
Lessons in Innovative Funding for District Improvements
McDaniel, Gwenn
School Business Affairs, v76 n3 p28-30 Apr 2010
Near the shores of Lake Superior, Michigan's Houghton-Portage Township School District is known for academic leadership and strives to provide an exceptional and secure learning environment for its students. However, like many districts around the country, Houghton-Portage is not immune to the economic restrictions. In a recent effort to address the need for facility improvements, technology upgrades, and overall energy efficiency, the district had to be imaginative when it came to funding. By using some creative thinking and leveraging community support, the district funded school improvements through a performance contract coupled with a voted bond referendum, the first of its kind in the state of Michigan. In this article, the author discusses how the district developed an innovative funding model to meet the community's expectations and shares lessons in innovative funding for district improvements.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan