Career and Technical Education Millage Proposal FAQ
What is Career and Technical Education (CTE)?
CTE is high school programming that provides job skills allowing students to join the workforce after graduation. Students may pursue additional training or university/community college coursework, trade schools, or apprenticeships.
Don’t we already offer CTE in the EUPISD? Sault Ste. Marie Area Public Schools provides some CTE programs that are available to neighboring districts. Students who live beyond driving distance to Sault Ste. Marie don’t have access during the school day.
What is the goal? The goal is to provide each 11th and 12th grade student in the EUP with at least two local CTE opportunities, plus basic business training, while providing job skills to live and work in the EUP.
Why do we need this millage? Local school districts are not able to afford to provide CTE programs to their students. There are 32 ISDs in Michigan that provide CTE programs through a regional millage. The regional millage would pay to establish and operate CTE programs for all of our high school juniors and seniors in the EUP.
How much will it cost? The election will be for 1 mil ($1 for every $1,000 of TAXABLE VALUE) for ten years. This equates to less than $50 per year for most property owners in the EUP.
Don’t we already pay high taxes? The EUPISD ranks 53rd out of 56 ISDs in Michigan for regional support for programs. If this millage proposal passes, EUPISD will still be well below state average.
Who will benefit? The approximately 700 yearly graduates from schools in the EUP and their families would benefit. The overall economy in the EUP would benefit from hundreds of young people possessing job skills.
Who can vote?
Every registered voter in Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac Counties, plus Seney Township in Schoolcraft County is eligible to vote on May 3.
The election is Tuesday, May 3, 2016.