WHITE LAKE - A big part of the community in White Lake takes its small rural school very seriously.
Two years ago, the community helped build a brand new gym and fitness center at the school.
The wood for the basketball floor was even donated by local loggers.
Each grade level at the school has only about 15 students.
Despite its size, for many, it's still the center of the community.
"White Lake is a very special place when it comes to relationships," says White Lake Superintendent Bill Fisher. "The building project is an example of community members working together to better the school and better the community."
But a public referendum asking for more money for operating costs failed by just two votes this spring.
It asked for $250,000 in each of the next three years.
The White Lake School Board voted to put the exact same question on the November ballot.
"The money's going to be used for our existing programs and operation. There's nothing new. It's to maintain what we currently have," Fisher says.
School leaders think the timing of this referendum could change the result.
Popular races like the governor's race will be on the same ballot.
They expect the voter turnout to spike compared to this spring's election.