OPINION: One Building on One Campus is the Right Thing to Do
The vote on May 8th will determine the structure of the school and the reputation of the community for generations to come.
I just spent more on stationary and stamps to send my neighborhood a letter about the school bond than what it will cost more a year in taxes to appropriately right-size our high schools. Bloomfield Hills High School, home of the Black Hawks, opens in the Fall of 2013 regardless of the bond's passing. The vote on May 8th will determine the structure of the school and the reputation of the community for generations to come. Voters will decide if all students will be on one campus in one renovated building OR if the student body is divided into two old and out-dated buildings (with 9th graders permanently alone in one of those buildings). The one building on one campus solution saves the district $2.4 million in operating costs annually.
Residents in Bloomfield Hills have the 3rd lowest school property taxes in
Oakland County and will continue to do so even after the bond passes. Anyone
interested in protecting and increasing their property values should know
that Bloomfield and Pontiac are the only districts in the area that have not
made significant improvements to their school buildings in recent years.
Voters should consider that the district's declining enrollment requires that
students are shuttled back and forth between Andover, Lahser and Model (52
times a day at $150,000.00 a year) in order to fill classes and offer desired
Even after right-sizing the district, Bloomfield Hills High School will only be the 65th largest high school in Michigan. It's clear that voting YES on May 8th to keep Bloomfield Hills High School in ONE building on ONE campus is the right thing to do.