Some members of the Bloomfield community want people to believe that a “contingency plan," or plan B as some refer to it (the one implemented if the May 8 bond proposal fails), is equal to the plan that will be implemented if the bond passes.
Let’s be clear, a contingency plan is just that: a plan designed for contingency. One would never strive to implement it because, by design, it is not preferable. Also, there is no turning back, as there will be one Bloomfield Hills High School starting fall of 2013. So out of prudency, a “contingency” plan was created with the collaboration of the administration, students and community members.
A successful bond allows the district to save $2.4 million yearly in operating expenses. If the bond fails, the “contingency plan” only saves $1 million because of the need to maintain two buildings, still shuttle students and less operational efficiencies. Clearly, based on this simple math, the plans are not interchangeable. This is especially true when one takes into account the fact that the additional savings will be used to fund programming that would otherwise be lost. Save more in operating expenses and have more available for educational programming.
As a community we have worked long and hard to develop a plan based on collaboration and compromise. A plan that does not raise our property taxes.
A plan that right sizes our facilities, while providing educational spaces that will serve us well into the future. A plan that minimizes disruption to the students. A plan that honors Bloomfield’s tradition of striving for excellence.
Let’s stop arguing for the sake of arguing. Let’s finally set aside our differences and work together to endorse a plan we can all (students and tax payers) be proud of.
Please support your community and vote Yes on May 8.