Letter to the Editor: There is a Goal, There is a Plan, Vote Yes Now
Ferndale Board of Education Treasurer Jim Pfleger explains why he thinks people should vote yes on the proposed school bond Tuesday.
Advocating the position that the Ferndale School District Voters should vote “NO” on the school bond issue on the ballot this Tuesday and that we should not invest in the maintenance of our school buildings UNTIL AFTER our students get better standardized test scores is as logical as saying "THE BEATINGS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES"! This is an extension of an existing millage to raise money for building maintenance and new technology installations. If you believe that well maintained schools that offer smart boards, internet access, decent restrooms, reasonable temperatures and new, energy efficient lighting are somehow antiethical to supporting children learning, then can we at least agree that they can’t hurt?
As a member of the Ferndale School Board, I can tell you that no one involved in the Ferndale Public Schools thinks that all of our test scores are good enough or that there are not big improvements needed for some of our kids. Some of our kids do great, but some do not and that is our continued challenge. Yes — there is a goal. It is to provide ALL our students with quality educational programs while promoting the values of diversity and responsible citizenship!
Yes — there is a plan. There is a School Improvement Plan for every school in the district and each school's progress and curriculum changes aimed at increasing student performance are all reviewed by the Program/Technology Committee and by the full School Board. If you would like to familiarize yourself with the plans, the Program / Technology Committee has monthly meetings that are open to the public and which have Citizen Members participating in all reviews and approvals.
As for “Not Yet,” "maybe later,” the later means a loss of over $10 million dollars in our district’s bonding capacity. So, instead of $22.8 million for the identified projects, we could only get $13 million if we passed a bond “later.” Which of the itemized projects, of which over 85 percent goes to the schools that the kids who reside in the Ferndale District attend, should we not do?
This for me is a simple proposition. Do you want to try to help our kids by funding these capital maintenance and technology projects through this bond and leave the money the district receives from the state each year for teaching and normal operations? If so, VOTE YES!