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Ferndale School Bond Passes, Volunteers Celebrate Success

$22.8 million proposal passes by a wide margin, based on unofficial voting results.

Supporters are celebrating the passage of a $22.8 million bond proposal for Ferndale schools in Tuesday's election.

will fund infrastructure updates such as asbestos removal from , heating and cooling systems for buildings and a kitchen area for

Based on unofficial results including all 14 district precincts and absentee ballots, the bond proposal passed 2,795-1,228 – or 69.48 percent yes to 30.52 percent no. Ferndale City Clerk J. Cherilynn Tallman was not yet able to confirm results late Tuesday night.

In Ferndale, a total of 2,876 people voted for a voter turnout of 17.99 percent.

Bond supporters cheered as Ferndale Police Chief Tim Collins announced the projected win earlier Tuesday evening at where bond supporters were gathered.

“I’ve never been so proud of my community and the voters,” Collins said.

led an extensive campaign in favor of the bond, including several fundraising events, organizational meetings and door-to-door literature drops. Organizers called the bond a "no fluff" proposal that includes only the most-needed school improvements.

There was no organized group opposing the bond, but Ferndale resident Tom Gagne had spoken out against it. He and a citizens group representative .

“Tonight is really their night,” Gagne said late Tuesday. “They did a terrific job and I think they should enjoy it and just really look forward to what that bond is going to bring to the schools. They should be proud of the effort they put in.”

Ferndale Schools Superintendent Gary Meier said the bond approval is great news for district students.

“This has been a wonderful coming together of residents in support of our schools and I could not be more proud of them,” Meier said.

Ferndale Board of Education President Keith Warnick said the citizens group volunteers came from a wide cross-section of the community.

“I'm really proud of all the hard work that they put in,” Warnick said. “Now, we can get our schools up to the level where they should be: safe, structurally sound and technologically up to date to help us improve student achievement and keep us competitive with other districts in our area.”

Stephanie Hall, district community relations director, said she was very proud Tuesday night. “This is so important for our students,” Hall said. “It's going to make a big difference.”

Ferndale parent and Citizens for Quality Schools organizer Barb Landry, who serves on the PTA and other community groups, said she feels encouraged by the vote results and how the various communities in the district came together to support the schools.

“This vote really said, 'we are a community,'” she said.

Check back with Ferndale Patch on Wednesday for official voting results and more information on what the school district will do now that the bond is approved.

Erik Roberts February 29, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Congrats and thank you to all of the volunteers that put this campaign together. I know how hard you all worked. You should all be proud, the victory is your's to cherish. I am excited to see these upgrades implemented. Great Job!
Ferndale_1986 February 29, 2012 at 11:03 PM
How did mangling or dismantling public institutions come to pass as wise, compassionate stewardship? when they suck the taxpayers dry and the public institutions live better than the public.
Mike Allor March 01, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Ferndale should be renamed Fundale!
Kevin Deegan-Krause March 01, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Well said, Becky. Well said.
Todd Abrams March 01, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Great idea, Mike! This city is a lot of fun to live in. Or did you mean it like Fund-ale? Because I could always use more beer money.

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