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Top 10 Reasons to Vote No Tuesday, May 8

Keep the tradition that has made Bloomfield Hills Schools great!

  1. Smaller is better, 600-900 students per high school is the sweet spot.  That is best for our students.  That is what we need to preserve the tradition of educational excellence. 
  2. A No vote will keep Andover and Lahser and regardless of grade configuration, schools will be smaller and closer to the sweet spot.
  3. Most important to educational success are parental involvement, high expectations and good educators.  A No vote does not change this.
  4. Our focus should be on reading, writing, math and science.  Instead, sixty percent of the proposed $79M high school spending is devoted to non-academic spaces. 
  5. A new high school will not improve property values.  There is no positive correlation between the quality of the school building and property values.  Only when educational outcomes improve does the school district drive property values in the right direction. 
  6. The district has not been able to relate the new school building to educational improvements.  Ironically, the proposed building is designed for a so-called 21st century education model, but most parents and teachers are not embracing this.
  7. In a bad economy or bad real estate market, a fixed millage means rates (your taxes) must rise to meet repayment obligations. 
  8. The District forecasts a $48 million deficit over the next four years and plans to spend down rainy day funds.  This high school proposal does not solve this spending problem.  For every dollar the District saves, we will be spending more than a dollar in interest on the bond for the first 19 years of the 26 year term.
  9. The district’s claim that you get a new school and your taxes will go down is not true.  For taxes to go down, building improvement “sinking funds” must not be replaced when they expire.  This is virtually impossible over the 26 year term of the bond.
  10. Money is not free.

Vote No on May 8.  Tell the District you want to maintain our tradition of educational excellence by improving our two high schools in a fiscally responsible manner. Use existing funds already provided by taxpayers ($62.5M) for facility improvements and get back to the business of educating our children.

For more information, please go to B2020.org and BHSForum.org or contact me at Bloomfield2020@gmail.com

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Peter A. Lipson, M.D. May 03, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I was being a bit sarcastic. I am, though, in the minority who believes that anonymous commenting is actually a good thing, and that commenting without a real name does not detract from an argument.
Ken Jackson May 03, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Mr. Lipson, Fair enough. Commenting with a name is certainly no guarantee that the argument will be sound or fair.
Peter A. Lipson, M.D. May 03, 2012 at 10:31 PM
That being said, the comment was a useless paeon to a non-authority, and full of non sequiturs and other rhetorical fallacies. But it's being judged on content rather than identity.
Ken Jackson May 03, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Mr. Lipson, Thanks. I haven't laughed twice in one day about the May 8th election since I started reading Patch.
Nancy Hanus May 08, 2012 at 09:02 PM
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