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Education is a big issue in northern Michigan, whether we're reporting on school funding issues to breakthroughs in the classroom.

Mixed results for school bond elections in northern Michigan

Morgan Springer
Kindergarteners play in gym class in a northern Michigan school.

In Tuesday's election, voters passed two school bonds in northwest Lower Michigan, while two narrowly lost. 

It worked out for Cadillac Area Public Schools this time. Its bond proposal failed last year, but yesterday a new proposal – for slightly less money – passed with 56 percent of the vote. Now $65.5 million will go towards things like a new early childhood center, renovating buildings and equipment. 

But down the road in Mesick, the story was the opposite. Their bond proposal lost for the second time in two years – this time by only 12 votes.

Baldwin Community Schools' bond also lost narrowly.

A bond for Leland Public Schools passed. 

All precincts were reporting results as of 10:00 p.m., but these are still unofficial results and could change.

Unofficial Results:

Cadillac Area Public Schools bond: Yes: 3003 (56%); No: 2331 (44%)

Leland Public School: Yes: 565 (56%); No: 441 (44%)

Mesick Consolidated Schools: Yes: 532 (49.4%); No: 544 (50.6%)

Baldwin Community Schools: Yes: 503 (47%); No: 572 (53%)

Morgan Springer is a contributing editor and producer at Interlochen Public Radio. She previously worked for the New England News Collaborative as the host/producer of NEXT, the weekly show which aired on six public radio station in the region.