Fate of West Bloomfield Schools to be Decided and More This Week
School enrollment and cost of replacing aging facilities at the heart of report which suggests school closures. Board of Education to vote at 7 p.m. meeting Monday.
Five local stories to keep an eye on Sept. 24-29:
1. The West Bloomfield Schools Board of Education is expected to decide the fate of several district buildings on Monday night, including possibly closing schools and other buildings.
Shannon Bingham, a representative of Western Demographics, said that in implementing the recommendations of the School Enrollment and Facilities project, the district would save $725,000 annually with a fall 2013 closure of Ealy Elementary School and the June closure of the Administrative and Community Services (ACS) building.
The board meeting takes place at 7 p.m. in the High School media center.
2. Last week, the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission put online the draft of the five-year master plan (2013-17). The draft plan reflects the Commission’s priorities for the next five years and, once adopted, will serve as a guide for the Parks and Recreation Commission and staff. A public hearing on the master plan is scheduled next month and the Commission will meet Thursday at 7 p.m.
3. The Jewish High Holiday Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Tuesday and ends at sundown on Wednesday. Rabbi Jason Miller writes in a 2011 column on Patch that Yom Kippur is most solemn and holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Due to its popularity, you’ll notice local synagogue parking lots at full capacity on Yom Kippur, although many observant members of the Jewish faith do not drive on this day and therefore walk to and from the synagogue instead. Several school districts do not hold classes on Yom Kippur.
4. Dubin Cleaners & Laundry of Farmington Hills kicks off its annual winter warmth campaign Monday to benefit the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries and the National Council of Jewish Women. The local business will provide a receptacle in its call office in which you can donate winter clothing. The launderer is located at 29975 Orchard Lake Rd.
5. The weather forecast calls for mostly sunny daytime skies early in the week, with temperatures peaking in the low-70s, according to the National Weather Service. Nights are expected to be clear with lows in the mid-40s.