I'll be casting a NO vote on May 8, and that's because I think we are doing a pretty good job with what we have here in Bloomfield Hills. That's because the people who built this system knew what was best for students.
Small schools are better than big schools.
Neighborhood schools are better than "factory schools."
Two pools are better than one pool.
Two auditoriums are better than one.
Closed, vacant schools are BAD for our neighborhoods.
Re-purposed schools do nothing for anyone. Like the Doyle Center, that used to be the Booth school, and is now being renovated into very elaborate executive offices for a handful of over-compensated administrators.
Did you know that the BHSD is the top-funded school district in the state of Michigan? We provide superior local tax funding for our resident students, and there is no reason to "defer maintenance" or "cut programs" in our schools.
Right now, both Lahser and Andover need work; lots of it. Both schools have been neglected under a program of "deferred maintenance." In fact, our high schools need about $30-million in basic repairs. It's a shame that our board has allowed our fine facilities to be neglected. We gave them plenty of money to fix our schools back in 2004, and the work has not been done. Since that time, two elementaries have been closed, and then we approved a second sinking fund, so the arguement that we did not give them enough doesn't fly.
(Why didn't they ask for enough money? Ask them.)
Will they have enough money to build the employees-only medical clinic they've put out for bids? I sure hope not.
I'd rather spend education tax dollars on our students.
The proposal on the May 8 ballot is a re-heated version of the unreasonable plans that have come in waves since 2002. Too big, too expensive, and worthy of rejection.
I'm voting NO, again.