MAPS 2020
Vision for Our Future

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 community-wide commitment to provide a stable educational foundation, designed to support the needs of our students, families, businesses, and community for generations to come.

Follow each step as we outline the work that has come from our district visioning process and have your questions answered about MAPS district plan for the future.

Overview of MAPS 2020 Vision by Building

In spring 2019, MAPS presented three potential plans to the community and used the feedback received to refine a plan that we believe speaks to the focus of our stakeholders. We have also worked hard over the last several years with our administration and staff to establish guiding principles and define priorities for addressing the emerging needs of our students, all with the goal of building a solid educational foundation for the Manistee Community. The facilities plan chosen addresses this goal by creating efficient and supportive learning environments to create improved standards and meet the needs of our students for many years to come.

In a plan presented September 5, 2019, Manistee Area Public Schools outlined a vision for their facilities future. Learn about the proposed plans by building below.


SCOPE OF WORK: Renovate and Expand Current Kennedy Elementary

  • Demolish 1927 Building
  • Secure visitor entry and check-in
  • Safe and secure academic wings
  • Dedicated bus and parent pick-up/drop-off areas
  • Building designed to meet modern educational standards
  • Consolidated Pre-K to 5 Elementary
  • Updated pick-up and drop-off routes


SCOPE OF WORK: Safety Improvements, priority renovations, and Middle School dedicated gym

  • Safe and secure access points to academic wings
  • Upgraded interior doors and hardware
  • Middle School gym with dedicated locker rooms
  • Exterior accessible storage for community track
  • Inclusion of priority items in the 1-3 year facilities assessment


The plan for MMHS includes many items that are all part of the capital update schedule to be completed in the near future.


  • Secure entry vestibule
  • Drop-off/pick-up reconfiguration
  • New carpeting
  • Interior finishes
  • Exterior building caulking/sealing


SCOPE OF WORK: Community Learning Center & Administrative Offices

The Madison Community Learning Center has been reimagined as resource hub offering practical resources and innovative programs to meet the educational, health, social, and behavioral needs of students throughout our community. Current Partners:

  • Great Lakes Virtual Academy
  • Face to Face Homeschool
  • Manistee ISD
  • CentraWellness

With the relocation of Pre-school programming to the Kennedy Elementary Building, the MAPS administrative offices would be relocated to the Madison building. With minor alterations and needed mechanical updates, Madison will be at full capacity servicing many facets of student support.

  • Minor building renovation to create administrative offices
  • ADA renovation of toilet rooms
  • Replace boiler and relocate A/C from Central Office
  • Roof Replacement


SCOPE OF WORK: Community Green Space & Recreation Hub

Located in a park-like, neighborhood setting, the property of Jefferson Elementary lends itself to the site for a shared community green space and necessary athletic/practice fields.

The green space could allow community organizations to collaboratively imagine a shared space to meet the needs of numerous recreational groups throughout our community.

A plan could include:

  • Practice Football/Soccer Field
  • Pickleball/Tennis Courts
  • Softball Diamond
  • Park/Playground Area
  • Trail Hub
  • Pavilion

Bond language submitted for the May 5, 2020 ballot


Shall Manistee Area Public Schools, Manistee and Mason Counties, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Twenty-Nine Million Eight Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Dollars ($29,825,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, for the purpose of: erecting, furnishing and equipping additions to school buildings; remodeling, equipping and re-equipping and furnishing and refurnishing school buildings; acquiring, installing, equipping or re-equipping school buildings for instructional technology; and preparing, developing, improving and equipping playgrounds and sites?

The following is for informational purposes only:

The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2020 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 2.97 mills ($2.97 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 $9,055,000. 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.)

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Understanding Impact of the Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit

The increase in taxes could potentially be offset by the Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit.  Below is a summary of the revised Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit:

Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit – Households that pay homestead property taxes greater than 3.2% of their annual income may be eligible for Michigan’s Homestead Property Tax Credit.  Eligible households may deduct up to 60% (up to 100% for senior citizens, please see the senior credit table below) of the millage increase cost up to a $1,500 Homestead Tax Credit limit.  The eligibility for the credit begins to decrease after household income exceeds $51,001 and ends completely after the household income exceeds $60,001.  Please see below the general reduction table and senior credit table below:


General Credit Reduction Senior Credit
Resources% of credit Resources% Credit
$51,000100.00% $21,000100%
$51,00190.00% $21,00196%
$52,00180.00% $22,00192%
$53,00170.00% $23,00188%
$54,00160.00% $24,00184%
$55,00150.00% $25,00180%
$56,00140.00% $26,00176%
$57,00130.00% $27,00172%
$58,00120.00% $28,00168%
$59,00110.00% $29,00164%
$60,0010.00% $30,00160%

Regional Millage Comparison

School Funding 101

As Manistee Area Public Schools evaluates its facility and academic direction for the next 20 years, input received from stakeholders has indicated that confusion exists surrounding educational revenue sources and spending. In order to provide clarity, we have assembled information to illustrate the various educational funding sources and how dollars are spent in comparison to surrounding districts.

Enrollment & Our Facilities

A common discussion that has come up through this process is, “how will declining enrollment impact our facilities?” This chart is designed to illustrate how our current and projected enrollment compares alongside facility capacity and costs.

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Superintendent: Ron Stoneman