OPINION: May 8 School Bond Will Pass Because Voters Will Do Their Homework

Ask anyone with kids why they moved here and they'll say because of the schools.

The new plan proposed by new Bloomfield Hills Schools superintendent Rob Glass calls for one hybrid high school on one campus that keeps property values
high, saves $2.4 million in operational funds each year and protects programs
from being cut from the curriculum, all without raising taxes.

Ask anyone with kids why they moved here and they'll say because of the schools. If the bond does not pass on May 8th, I am certain that there will be less and less people to ask that question to. In the fall of 2013 the legacy of Andover and Lahser will continue at Bloomfield Hills High School, because the people who cared about their community did their homework and knew it was the right thing to do. Vote YES on May 8th!

Kelly Gould,

Bloomfield Hills

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Colleen March 24, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Almost three years ago now, my husband was asked if he was willing to relocate to the Detroit area. We are originally from Boston, but at the time, we were living in Luxembourg. Having three children, I immediately jumped on the computer and searched the internet for best schools in Michigan. We knew nothing about Michigan, but within a few short hours, from over 4000 miles away, it became obvious that Bloomfield Hills had the best school district . We reviewed the district's Website, and decided that we would be willing to relocate. I did most of my house hunting from abroad, and used the school district's maps to search for homes within the school district. I can only hope that voters will do their homework, and recognize the importance of voting YES on May 8th. I cannot emphasize enough how important the reputation of a school district is when relocating.
Chris March 25, 2012 at 02:04 AM
When we relocated from Toronto, we knew there were only three choices: Grosse Pointe, Birmingham or BH based on their reputations for academic excellence. Our choice had nothing whatsoever to do with the buildings. BH needs to get back to the basis that made them great in past decades. A new building will not do this. Combining two high schools will not do this. Education will no doubt suffer during the 2-3 years of construction related activites and few more years while they work out all the bugs. This plan will make an insignificant dent in saving the current curriculum and bloated district overhead. I encourage you to vote NO on May 8 and demand that your district leadership get back to their core business of education and stop the endless planning, spending and campaigning for a new HS.
Kelly March 25, 2012 at 01:04 PM
When we moved to Michigan five years ago, we did our research and chose Bloomfield Hills because of the public school system. However, when we arrived, our first impression of several buildings in the district, including the high schools, was that they were outdated and sad looking. The buildings didn't seem to represent the extraordinary, innovative teaching and learning that was going on inside them. A little "shiny and new" isn't always a bad thing. Our current 6th and 7th grader will be smack in the middle of the consolidation and we are still 100% supportive of the new plan. They are happy and excited to pave the way. We attended town hall meetings and transition meetings. We are impressed with the well thought out and detailed transition plan for students. We are impressed with the district leadership. After learning about declining enrollment, decrease in funding and the millions of dollars needed to repair those outdated high school buildings, the plan just makes sense. We are voting YES on May 8th! Go Blackhawks!
Chris March 26, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Kelly, if this bond passes, I sincerely wish you and your family the best. However, having experienced the system K-12 with my kids, I would not trust my children's precious education to what may be ahead for yours. I truly hope that I am wrong, but my confidence is low.
Tammy March 26, 2012 at 03:12 AM
When our moved to Michigan this past summer I was excited about the opportunity to pick the best school district for our three children. I spent numerous hours researching several districts within our area. Each of the nearby districts that have similar demographics to BH are high quality districts with numerous awards and distinctions, the decision was tough. My husband and I are both educators and have been for over 17 years, making us extremely choosy! We have no reservations and realized from day one that we made the right decision, BHSD is the right fit for our family. I do worry that if the bond does not pass others moving into the area may choose to locate their families in the other districts. We cannot afford for this to happen. Voting yes in support of the bond shows that the BH community is harmonious and committed to doing what is best for our students and our community. Voting yes..it just makes sense! Though change is never easy not supporting this issue will create challenges that will cause unfortunate consequences for our students and our community. A new high school will attract people to our district, overall strengthening the community.


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