Bloomfield Election 2012: Day, Baron and Herner Elected to BHS School Board

Day and Baron win convincingly for 6-year-terms; Herner outlasts Greenwell, Berndt for 2-year-slot.


Both Ingrid Day and Rob Herner retained their seats on the Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education following a Tuesday election that drew nearly 80 percent of all voters in both Bloomfield Township and Bloomfield Hills.

Joining them will be first-time candidate Howard Baron, who also won a 6-year-term on the board Tuesday with more than 39 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results from the Oakland County Clerk.

Day, the current board president, also received more than 39 percent of the vote for 6-year-term. W.F. (Vic) Moigis finished with 20 percent of the vote.

"I'm pleased to have such a strong showing for a local election given the tenor of the national issues," she wrote to Patch late Tuesday night. "I believe our voters have again demonstrated confidence for me in my support of the students of Bloomfield Hills and also for the positive and proactive way the board works with our community. Its going to be a very exciting few years, filled with hard work and continued tough decisions, while transitioning to one high school."

The race for the partial, two-year term seat was much closer.

Herner, appointed to the board two years ago, narrowly beat challenger Jenny Greenwell by 250 votes to finish with 37.58 percent of the vote. Current Trustee Joan Berndt, appointed to the board last year, finished with 26 percent.

"Great race!" Herner said. "I want to thank my supporters, especially my campaign team. Tomorrow .. New day, clean slate with a lot of unfinished work ahead."

Check back for further updates.

Richard Small November 07, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Congratulations to Ingrid, Rob and Howard! You can't get a much better referendum than having 80% of the community vote, elect you and authorize all of you to finish the job. Time to look forward and get this done for the benefits of our kids first, and our community. It's time to start acting like one again and I am confident you will do just that. Thanks for your service to all of us. Richard Small
Paul Stenquist November 07, 2012 at 03:18 PM
The Oakland County site shows Greenwell beating Herner by 186 votes. The tally is unofficial but supposedly accurate as of 12:30 am. Are your numbers more recent?
Brandon Kaufman November 07, 2012 at 04:03 PM
As the saying goes ”three strikes and you are out”. One can only hope that given the failed recall attempt, defeat of the B2020 candidates *, and passing of the bond the unproductive negativity towers the board, administration, and school district will stop. I am not saying everything is perfect and I do think there is a lot of hard work to be done. But the constant, unfounded, unproductive and negative rants must stop. We must work together to offer solutions to our challenges and not be sidetracked by petty and personal vendettas. I could not be more proud to live in a community that through the democratic process of “voting” has once again reaffirmed its commitment to high quality leadership and education. *(Ms. Greenwell has lost her fourth bid for school board and Mr. Moigis who had unprecedented financial support from Mr. Fellin and B2020 only received 20% of the votes)
Carl C. November 07, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Not sure where you're looking. Your results are not correct; final was posted around 1:30am. http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/MI/Oakland/43747/110709/en/summary.html
Ann November 07, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Congratulations Ingrid, Howard and Rob! Glad to have you at work for our community and our kids.
Paul Stenquist November 07, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Thanks Carl. I was looking at the wrong page.
Jan Frank November 07, 2012 at 06:10 PM
The challenges that lie ahead of this school district will be far from our backyard. It is time to acknowledge that the vast majority of our voting population is not interested in the politics espoused by B2020, Chris Fellin or Jenny Greenwell. It's time for us not to be distracted by the sideshow and look to the main event. Lansing will provide the biggest threat to this district. Let us hope that our new state rep, Mr.McCready will be a better friend to public education than Mr. Moss. And let's all focus our attention on protecting the fine education offered to the students of this district. Congratulations to Ingrid, Howard and Rob. Onward and upward.
Neal Charness November 07, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I wish Greenwell good things and encourage her to come before the board if she has positive ideas. The hostility has to end for the sake of our community. Chris and Jenny brought out the bad side of all of us. I feel badly for Mr. Moigis who is a nice man who may well have been used by Chris and/or Jenny. It's a hunch--I don't know.
Charles Gaba November 07, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Congrats to Ingrid, Howard and Rob, and thank you to Joan for a positive and hard-fought race. Now lets build a school and educate some kids!
Paul Stenquist November 07, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Jan Frank says, "the vast majority of our voting population is not interested in the politics espoused by B2020, Chris Fellin or Jenny Greenwell." Not true. Ms. Greenwell lost by a slim margin. Almost half the electorate supported her. Mr. Charness says, "Chris and Jenny brought out the bad side of all of us." The "bad side" that has been evident in the postings of so many is their own doing. Ms. Greenwell and Mr. Fellin merely espoused a point of view that board supporters vehemently disagreed with. I'll have no more to say here, but it's time to recognize that not everyone in the district supports the group think that some here espouse.
MsMaidstone November 07, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Jenny many in the community supported you and will support you in your quest for accountability from this school district board. We all thank you for your perseverance and tenacity in the face of some of the most mean spirited and evil comments you endured. 3 strikes only counts in baseball.
Amy Cardin November 07, 2012 at 10:43 PM
The students and the community are winners today! Voters elected school trustees who will work together for the betterment of all students. I agree with Mrs. Frank, we will be in the thick of a battle in Lansing soon enough. We all must pull together to preserve what we have and hopefully make it even better. Congrats to Mrs. Day and Mr. Herner on their return to the board and welcome to Mr. Baron. Looking toward exciting days in the future for the Bloomfield Hills School District. Thank you for volunteering to serve your community. You are appreciated.
Neal Charness November 08, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Over 64% of the vote went to someone other than Jenny. The math is clear.
Charles Gaba November 08, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Um...Mr. Stenquist, please tell me on what planet 36% = "almost half the electorate"? Would not a more accurate way of putting it be to say that 64%--"nearly 2/3 of the electorate"--rejected Mrs. Greenwell outright?
J Arch November 08, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Unless I'm really rusty on my math skills, I wouldn't classify Jenny's 36% as "almost half the electorate." And to further put this in perspective, if Joan or Rob hadn't run and it was just Jenny and one of those two, what would the differential have been then? (Hint: Jenny 36%, Joan or Rob 64% - do we really think any of those that voted for Joan or Rob would have instead voted for Jenny?) There was actually a vote splitting effect here that made Jenny's tally less close than the numbers on the surface suggest. That being said, it's really time to move on. Petty politics does nothing but distract from the job at hand. J. Wagner
-Elizabeth- November 08, 2012 at 10:44 AM
You may disagree with the definition of 'vast majority', but the remainder of Ms. Frank's comment about the main event is undeniable. Changes are coming from Lansing that will assuredly affect our local BHS district. Bills are being developed and in various stages of review within the State House right now and the definition of local schools and local control of schools will likely change from what currently exists. It is entirely likely that local school boards will cease to exist. Even the Oxford Foundation who is charged with drafting a new school aid bill (funding of schools) has stated that… “Public education in Michigan is a highly regulated industry with most of the regulations emanating from the state. While there is a general belief in “local control” of public schools, it is state law and state regulations, plus state control over the $1 billion+ federal funds that actually control.” It is time we all look to Lansing in order to be a part of and influence the implementation of Governor Snyder’s educational vision for the State.
Mary November 08, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Well here we are again as usual - "group think "-Maybe-hopefully Howard will add a spark! And now that it is all over what will Brandon-Jan-Neal-Charles J Arch et al do with all their spare time!
Neal Charness November 08, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I think Elizabeth's comment about forthcoming concerns is spot on. We absolutely need to look forward. I really hope that all of us can participate and are willing to contribute their thoughts and ideas in a positive fashion
Linda November 08, 2012 at 06:45 PM
It also means 36% of the community you deem to now ignore did not vote for Herner or Berndt and their agenda. 36% is a large number of people to be disenchanted with the direction of the school board. It is also noteworthy to comment on the large number of people who choose not to vote for any of the 2 year candidates. The difference in total vote between the 6 year and 2 year candidates is very very large indeed.
Mary November 08, 2012 at 07:14 PM
What will Brandon-Jan Neal-Charles-J Arch et al do now that the election is over and they will have so much extra time- and we can return to group think on the board-a new day!!!!!!!
-Elizabeth- November 08, 2012 at 07:29 PM
If you are referring to the 27,072 votes for the 6 year terms vs. the 15,241 for the 2 year term, keep in mind that each voter had TWO votes for the 6 year term. So divide 27,072 by 2 you will get 13,536. Since some people probably only voted for one candidate for the 6 year term, it is more likely that the number of voters is a higher and a bit closer to the 15,241 voters who voted for ONE candidate for the 2 year term.
Charles Gaba November 08, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Thanks for correcting Linda, Elizabeth, so I don't have to. Yes, Linda, I'm sure that half of Ingrid Day & Howard Baron's supporters looked at the next line on the ballot and said, "Nah, not gonna bother, let Jenny Greenwell have the third seat." (that was sarcasm, in case you didn't notice). Although Linda does have a grain of truth--it does look like there may have been a drop-off of some amount (Howard & Ingrid each got 10,755 votes; Rob & Joan combined total 9,702). However, as Elizabeth noted, some people may have only voted for one candidate for the 2-year term, and others may have voted Howard/Moigis or (far less likely) Ingrid/Moigis, so the exact numbers are harder to pin down. However, I'd be willing to bet my hat that the 5,477 who voted for Jenny are the exact same 5,477 who voted for Mr. Moigis...plus an additional 30, oddly enough.
Linda November 09, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I think we can bestow that group with the honorary title of "patch addicts".
Charles Gaba November 09, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Um...Linda, I'm not gonna bother running a tally, but I'm fairly certain that you've spent more time flapping your gums (well, your fingers anyway) here on the Patch more than any half-dozen other people combined. In any event, I'm sure you'll be cheerleading for Jenny if she decides to lose a 5th campaign in a row.
Mary November 09, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Do Brandon-Jan-Neal Charles-Amy -J Arch et al ever have anything positive to say -to people they don't see eye to eye with-Do they ever get tired of attacking those who do not agree with them- Are they the only ones who are ever right? Sure seems that way on the Patch! Either agree with them or get shot down!
J Arch November 09, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Hi Mary, I welcome your review of my posting history. If you choose to do so, you'll find that I do not post for the sake of being contrary. I only post when I see factually incorrect statements and I post for the purpose of preventing the spread of misinformation. I avoid getting personal. As far as what I will be doing now that the election is over, I will continue my involvement in matters concerning the school district as I have always done for the 20 years that I have lived here. You'll see me in the buildings, at sporting events and at Board Meetings. It is a fact that more than any other single factor, the feature that allows BHSD to be more suCcesful than most other districts is the level of parent involvement that occurs here. I will continue to do my part and I hope you will too. J. Wagner


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