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About the
Bond Proposal

Over the last three years, St. Joseph Public Schools undertook an in-depth strategic planning process to explore the current state of the school district with the needs of the community. The district continuously looks for responsible ways to leverage state funds and our community’s investments to address needs and improve our district. In the summer of 2023, SJPS completed the installation of air conditioning, new boilers, and efficient LED lighting at our three elementary schools.


This long-awaited project was completed on time and on budget, yet a  comprehensive facility assessment completed in 2022 uncovered the need to address an aging Upton Middle School facility, deteriorating infrastructure at the high school, and capacity issues at our elementary schools. Additionally, community forums and surveys identified a need for the district to provide high-quality preschool and before- and after-school care programs. 

To address these infrastructure, capacity, programming needs, and safety and security to ensure we are looking responsibly at the future of St. Joseph Public Schools, the Board of Education asks the  community to consider a bond proposal at the May 7, 2024, election. 

If approved, the bond would generate $98,500,000 for district-wide improvements. 

Key Projects

  • Add classrooms to create dedicated spaces for elementary art, music, and physical education

  • Upgrade existing classroom environments

  • Upgrade safety and security, including student drop-off/pick-up, traffic flow, and parking

  • Replace, upgrade, or relocate elementary playgrounds, outdoor learning spaces, and walking tracks

  • Update aging mechanical and electrical systems at secondary schools

  • Replace aging roofs and create a roof replacement cycle

  • Upgrade outdoor physical education and athletic facilities

  • Establish an Early Childhood Center

Questions or comments?

We'd love to hear from our community. If you have questions, concerns or ideas, please email us.

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