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OPINION: BHS High School Bond to Maintain Excellence and Property Values

"How are the schools?" Was our first question upon moving to the district.

When we were deciding to move to the district 20 years ago, our first question was "How are the schools?" The answer then was "Excellent!" Our two children both got a high quality education here, with broad academic choices including AP classes, small class sizes, and a wonderful music program.  Our last child is graduating this year, and all the children in the district deserve this same superb education.

The high school renovation planned with the BH school bond will enable the excellence of the academic programs to continue, even in the face of shrinking school funding and enrollment. A single renovated building will reduce the cost of maintaining two old, degrading buildings and allow efficiencies that will save money for programs every year. And with the existing bond that is being retired, our taxes will not go up.

We're voting "YES" as an investment in our kids, our community, and our future property values.

Joyce Breitman,
West Bloomfield

Linda P May 05, 2012 at 01:52 PM
It's sure better, Ken than relying on the MEA for educational policy
Ann May 05, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Many of us moved to Bloomfield for the same reason Joyce did. We look at the metropolitan area and ask, "Where are the best schools?" We knew houses were cheaper in other areas, that we'd get bigger lots farther out, more culture farther in, more parks nearby, more walkability in other areas. But we chose Bloomfield for the schools. We need future homebuyers to make the same choice, and pay the same premium. Vote Yes on May 8.
Linda P May 05, 2012 at 02:09 PM
With school bullying on the rise, schools filled with security staff to monitor and prevent violence and drug trades, ...who can focus on studying? Proposals to build palaces at tax payer expense....run away pension and health care costs for ever growing administrative staffs?? Cyber schools can't come fast enough. Time to change the formula.
S Sera May 05, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Very scary thought. Time to speak up to Congressman Moss. There are many classes that online classes won't work for other than cooking or shop as Linda P suggests. Band, Art, and Chemistry to name a few. I'm pretty sure that most homes don't come with bunsen burners.
L Luttinen May 06, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Howard: The federal programs are Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind. The state progam is a school incentive/dash board program proposed by Gov Snyder and approved by the legislature. For an article on the discussions on Year 2 see the link below: http://www.mlive.com/education/index.ssf/2012/04/michigan_house_approves_school.html The BHSD has not earned our trust-they have consistently gone to the tax payers first before getting the operational and maintenance budgets and houses in order. This is why a NO vote is the best vote on May 8. We need to expect more from our school board than keeping taxes no more than we currently pay in the face of multi-million dollar deficits.

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