Voters in the Bloomfield Hills Schools are righfully out-raged that our Board of Education has chosen to go to a May 8 ballot for approval of their "hybrid" plan and tax bond to pay for it.
The May 8 election will cost about $60,000. That money was intended for the education of K-12 and special needs students. The proposal was "schematically" designed by Fielding Nair, a virtual architectural firm, at a cost of $863,114. That money was ALSO supposed to be used to educate K-12 and special needs students.
How much money was spent to hold the series of Town Hall meetings, facilitated by consultant Charlie Fleetham? Fleetham also "facilitates" other committee meetings. That money was also intended to be spent to educate our students.
The BHSD has recently hired a new PR person. Her salary is over $90,000. She has a staff. Wouldn't you prefer to spend that kind of money on a really great teacher?
What the BHSD needs is a reasonable board, a reasonable (and comprehensive, district-wide) facilities plan, and a November ballot.
We've spent far too much on "consultants" and PR.
Our board has wasted another opportunity to do the right thing, and a whole lot of education tax dollars in the process.