John Roach Stepped Up

John Roach stepped up.

Thank you, John.

Not a single person (of several thousand) who have signed the Bloomfield Hills School Board of Trustee recall petitions so far participated in the charade of a "selection process" for a trustee to replace Kate Pettersen.

John Roach volunteered for the position, and his candidacy should have been validated. He represents a lot of voters and taxpayers in the BHSD.

The board simply chose Joan Berndt, "one of their own." A confirmed "vote YES" supporter and MEA retiree. The ELECTORATE may well have chosen otherwise, but we did not have that opportunity.

For his concern about public education and cost containment, and on behalf of many who are thoroughly disgusted with our school board, I'd like to thank John Roach for his time and effort. He has tried to change the unpopular direction of our school board and district to bring it into agreement with the values of the majority of taxpayers.

For years, we have begged for a "reasonable plan" to upgrade and maintain our school facilities. We want GREAT education for our students, not debt, and not elaborate buildings. Our "7-0" board, without a single independent voice, is not likely to develop one. Incumbent BHSD Trustees often describe their position as "thankless."

Try running AGAINST them.

Thanks again, John.

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-Elizabeth- November 22, 2011 at 12:00 PM
I would like to add that John Roach has stepped up by participating in a few of the Community Parrtnership Committees. I have had the pleasure of working with him and learning from him in both the Financial and Deficit Prevention sub-committees. John would be a very good addition to the board, just as Joan Berndt is a very good addition to the board. There were a number of positive comments by sitting board members supporting John. I hope John considers running for the board in 2012.
Chris November 22, 2011 at 12:21 PM
Jenny, You are far too kind to the board for the charade they called a selection process. Their selection furthers the mistrust many of us have for their actions and throws fire on the flames of divisiveness in the community.
Chris November 22, 2011 at 12:26 PM
John, I too thank you for enduring the process for which there was a predetermined outcome. Also, despite the charade, I am glad you are willing to continue to invest your time in the committees to influence thier decision making in a direction that is good for our students and community. Good luck.
Ken Jackson November 22, 2011 at 12:35 PM
I, too, would like to thank any citizen who takes the time and effort to participate in such a process. They are indeed to be commended. To call such a process a "charade," however, misrepresents the nature of the process. The board has clear rules and policies set for them on how to replace a member who leaves mid-term. Those rules and policies ("pre-determined" for them long ago) were followed. Most political processes have such clearly established policies. Certainly the rules for a "recall" are drawn rather precisely. Those rules, like the board's rules for replacing a member, should be followed and the results honored.
Amy Cardin November 22, 2011 at 01:48 PM
It is abundantly clear that nothing will make Ms. Greenwell and her 20/20 folks happy. They are bound and determined to be against whatever is proposed or decided by our school board. Her thinly veiled duplicity is on display for all to see in this recent post. My guess is that had Mr. Roach been appointed she would have called it a "token" appointment and dismissed it. Yes, Mr. Roach has indeed stepped up, but so has Ms. Berndt. Jenny, were you present at the interviews for the board appointee? No. Did you yourself, or Mr. Fellin "step up?" No. We have a new superintendent, a board that works tirelessly for the entire school community and now we do have that reasonable plan to address our facilities needs. The pieces are in place for our district to move forward and for our community to heal. Sadly, with folks like Ms. Greenwell and Mr. Fellin fanning the flames of divisiveness with posts like this and recall campaigns, it is an uphill battle for sure.
Joan G. Berndt November 25, 2011 at 02:57 PM
Since my name was mentioned in this blog, I will respond only long enough to say that I agree that John Roach has made valuable contributions to our district and to our kids. He has worked tirelessly to keep informed and to be helpful. His collaboration with Brandon Kaufman was a great start in trying to unify our community. John would be a fine choice as a board member. If you listened to what the Board members had to say about their decision making, you know that they had great admiration for John and could just as easily have voted for him as the interim trustee. I hope he will run in 2012. And I hope everyone will give me a chance to be effective in office even though I may not be your choice.
Neal Charness November 25, 2011 at 08:58 PM
Very nicely said Joan. I'm very hopeful we in the community can work from a positive, not negative point of view. Is it party sunny or partly cloudy. I'm on the sunny side. Best luck to you in your service on the school board.
Isaac Barr MD November 28, 2011 at 02:23 AM
Selection of Joan Berndt to the Board is disappointing. She has no clue about anything: as a music teacher retred for 6 years she cannot rate as a math science or history teachers. She admits that "SHE IS NOT A "NUMBERS" PERSON....NOT IN FINANCIAL/BUSINESS/OPERATIONAL AREA OF PUBLIC EDUCATION.".Recently she had deragatory remarks about the NO people. I was personaly, like many other citizens, insulted by her remarks. 20/20 people like me have sincere concern of our children's education and have constructive suggestions to the Board. Her comments created a wider rift in our community. This woman has no qualification to be on any board, may be Oboe organization of Bloomfield. Oh, yes, her son graduated in 1988 from Lahser. The recall push of the Board should include this Berndt as well.
Amy Cardin November 28, 2011 at 03:30 AM
Who died and made Isaac Barr MD the authority on all things public education? His pompous affect are on display here for all to see. To say that as a music teacher Mrs. Berndt "cannot rate" is rude at best. Personally, I know Mrs. Berndt to be extremely smart, a quick study and unfailingly courteous. She genuinely cares about all students and will represent our community in a positive way.
Judy Weiner November 28, 2011 at 11:37 AM
Thank you, Issac Barr, for finally admitting that the vocal members of B20/20 are simply NO people. Finally someone speaks the truth. NO to progress for our aged infrastructure. NO to productive conversation. NO to kids NO to whatever is being considered by the board, the administration, the community, NO matter what the issue. NO NO NO! NO to civility. Dr. Barr, you owe Joan Berndt, appointed after due process determined her to be an excellent addition to the school board, an apology. My guess is you will say NO.
Alexandrea Franklin November 28, 2011 at 11:26 PM
Dr. Barr, How can you say that Joan is unqualified? What's wrong with educators, since you are one? One thing is for sure, she can definitely write better than you.can....complete sentences and everything!
Alexandrea Franklin November 28, 2011 at 11:30 PM
How could the Board, in good faith, appoint John Roach when he was rejected by the voters? Isn't the whole recall thing predicated on the baseless accusation that the Board does not listen to the voters. If the Board appointed John Roach, wouldn't that be "not listening to the voters"? Seems 20/20 "wants to have their cake and eat it too"!
Judy Weiner November 29, 2011 at 01:33 AM
Alexandrea, you are spot on!


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