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5 Things You Need to Know About This Week

State Rep. Lisa Brown and state Sen. Mike Kowall will co-host another town hall meeting, one of several events planned this week in West Bloomfield.

  1. meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at to discuss school funding. Last week, House leadership passed a budget plan that cuts $1.1 billion from K-12 funding, which will hit local schools in Michigan to the tune of an average $426 per student, with some school districts being hit with cuts as large as $1,558 per student.
  2. will meet Monday at to discuss a wide range of issues, including an interdepartmental memo concerning . Upon taking office in 2008, several members of the West Bloomfield Township board altered the widely used business card template standards used by other township board members. A recently passed resolution is changing that standard. The meeting begins in closed session at 6:45 p.m.
  3. will kick off at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Farmington High in a game that could decide first place in the Oakland Activities Association White Division. If the Lakers (8-1-2 overall, 8-0-2 OAA White) can top the Falcons, they'll win the division for the first time since 2004.
  4. will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its solar array from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday outdoors near the array. Construction began Nov. 23 on the array in order to generate carbon-free electricity, and the array began working Feb. 3. Following the ceremony, the Annual Earth Fair will be held during all lunch periods in the courtyard. Activities include jungle moon bounce, bake sale, a name-the-endangered-species game and henna skin painting.
  5. will collect money all week for donation to the Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Fund in response to the March disaster in Japan. Sixth-grade teachers Geoffry Middleton and Brendan Harrington have pledged that if the students of WHMS reach their goal of $1,186 (about $2 per student), the teachers will let representatives from each grade level paint their bald heads.

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