We have three children in the Bloomfield Hills School District. The community has been wrangling with the high school situation since our Lahser sophomore was in 2nd grade. The time is now. After countless hours of community input, Superintendent Rob Glass has put together a reasonable, fiscally responsible plan, a $58.6 million dollar bond to renovate the Andover campus as Bloomfield Hills High School.
Even with the approval ofthis fixed rate bond, school property taxes will decrease by 20 percent or $23.50 per $100,000 of home value, as other bond debt is paid off. This "hybrid" high school building (2/3 new, 1/3 renovated) will save the district $2.4 annually in operating costs, and will no doubt attract new families to the district, which will no doubt positively impact our property values. This is a new plan and a new superintendent, who came in challenging his staff to prove that our high schools truly needed to consolidate. It is not cost effective for us to maintain two campuses with our current and projected declining enrollment. Even if we did not have children currently in the school district, we would wholeheartedly support this plan.
We do not have a downtown, a community center or public parks. People with children move to Bloomfield Hills for the wonderful school district. We are voting 'YES' on May 8th for the future of education in Bloomfield Hills and we urge our community to do the same.
Ed and Julie Garcia
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