Millage Vote Could Mean More School Trips to DIA
Bloomfield Hills Schools students could benefit from Tuesday's millage approval along with art lovers.
Oakland County residents on Tuesday authorized an Art Institute Authority millage that is reported to cost residents $15 a year on a house worth $150,000. In return for this investment, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will provide free, unlimited general admission for residents and free field trips for students.
Shira Good, spokeswoman for the Bloomfield Hills Schools, said she asked instructional staff about field trips following Tuesday's vote, but that it was too soon to know.
"It’s pretty soon to tell about how this will impact us," she wrote in an e-mail to Patch. "I know we’re thrilled with the outcome and are pleased that such a treasure in our area will be preserved."
Last year, a combined 842 students, teachers, and chaperones from six different buildings (Bloomfield Hills Middle School, East Hills Middle School, West Hills Middle School, Lahser High School, International Academy, and Model High School) in the district visited the institute, said DIA spokeswoman Pamela Marcil.
The DIA also provided the following breakdown of students from Bloomfield-area private schools that also visited last year (all counts include students, teachers, and chaperones):
- Country Day – visited with 240 people
- Cranbrook – visited with 612 people
- Roeper – visited with 21 people
- Brother Rice – scheduled a visit, but cancelled
- Marian High School – visited with 89 people
- Academy of the Sacred Heart – visited with 27 people
Marcil also said that it was too early to tell if requests for field trips would increase, but noted several special exhibitions that should attract residents and students from the tri-county area for free. The millage barely passed in Macomb County, but was widely supported by more than 60 percent of voters in both Oakland and Wayne counties, unofficial results show.
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