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2:09 pm on Monday, May 7, 2012
Absolutely! I believe that there are enough reasonable people out there to defeat this irresponsible request. Then we can focus on a proper request (hopefully something along the lines of a sinking fund and smaller bond requests) to get the system back on track.
3:10 pm on Monday, May 7, 2012
I agree with John Conely on this and while i don't agree entirely with what Brian said, he's correct in that the school board should not be run by those with "government" style accounting skills. I will vote no and will be happy to vote yes on reasonable requests that don't take me and generations to come hostage.
9:54 am on Friday, May 4, 2012
I'm kind of surprised there has been no more discussion but I guess as numbers come up it becomes more fact than opinion and that leads to quiet. Seems BAS is not interested in renting out any of the athletic faciliities (fields, etc) to some clients I've learned. As a Brighton resident who pays taxes to support these facilities it's disturbing that my kids cannot use the facilities. Definitely voting no and then I'll write a check for the annual bond amount to support my kids programs.
10:29 am on Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I'm currently more No than Yes but mainly because I don't see the proof of need for all of it. Just because the money is cheaper doesn't mean we should take more.
Regarding increasing the number of students.....there are many factors here, not just facilities. Is there research showing why people have left or have chosen another district? It's only a small sample but the people that I know that have left did not do so for facilities reasons at all. Additionally, when Miller was closed that took away the largest draw of out of district students. The argument was that most of them were there only for kindergarten but that doesn't change the color of their money and it certainly was not a 100% departure rate. Granted, that was before Dr. Grays time but it's something to note that had nothing to do with facilities.
To be clear, I'm a Brighton resident not associated with the Hartland Tea Party (or any Tea Party for that matter).
10:21 am on Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Disagreement does not mean a closed mind for those of us currently more against than for....same as I wouldn't say you have a closed mind for not considering my side. I've asked questions about numbers and get no response, only more comments about needing it. This thread has devolved into more show than go, that's the problem. I'd like to continue an intelligent discussion with facts but this is mainly just opinions and +1's.
10:19 am on Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Still no response to the numbers. I'm asking because I want to understand it. For all the PRO opinions here I'd think someone would/could offer a response. I will continue to do research on my own.
10:17 am on Wednesday, April 25, 2012
@Nate Sorry, I have limited time off and while this issue is important and I'd like to learn as much as I can, I'm saving the time for more personally important things. I have an open mind which is why I continue to learn what I can and ask questions (to which no one has ever really responded BTW) but I've been to several board meetings and sessions over the years and rarely find them worth the time. Rather I can get the same info outside in a more efficient manner.
8:32 am on Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I'm sure the amount of money the schools are getting from the state/fed govs has been declining, that ought to be no surprise to anyone. I don't know the actual amounts but it should be easy enough to find if I wanted to know.
As for the numbers I point out above, see here: http://bas.k12.mi.us/administration.cfm?subpage=862201
School Finance Information, Budget and Salary/Compensation Transparency Reporting
Other schools have this too. I would be a bit curious to see the tax rate from other districts that the residents pay for their schools, might be an interesting fact.
Gov Snyder....there's a vote I regret.
I'll say again too....I fully support public schools, even when most people would turn their backs but the proposed bond is not one that I can support at this time. The responsible thing to do is take care of needs, prove that it's working and ask for more.
8:25 am on Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I would have liked to but since I work during the day, not really an option for me unfortunately. From attending previous meetings and sessions I don't find them to be all that useful or particularly informative.
11:40 am on Monday, April 23, 2012
Dang, over $3/day! That's more than everyone else spends on coffee (see other comment thread regarding the bond issue). I caught the part about Selcra using the facilities....don't they pay BAS for use of them? I can't believe it's free, doesn't seem like it should be. Anyone know?
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