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Ferndale Students Hit the Streets with School Bond Info

A group of students from Ferndale middle and high schools went door to door Thursday, distributing school bond information as part of a final push by Citizens for Quality Schools to encourage people to vote yes on the proposed bond.

For Ferndale eighth-grader Megan Burke, the  that residents will  is an issue of high importance.

"It's to help the schools get better," said Burke, 13.

As a student at Ferndale Middle School, she knows firsthand what the impact of an improved heating and cooling system — one of the projects in the proposed $22.8 million bond — would be for students.

"It's always either very hot or very cold," said Burke, who said classroom windows can't be opened, even when during hot weather.

She also wants to see the asbestos removed. The bond proposal includes $5.2 million designated to remove asbestos from the ceilings at  and .

"The asbestos issue is really big, and it affects every student," she said.

That's why Burke took part in a literature drop Thursday afternoon, during which about 35 district students went door to door in Ferndale to distribute information about the proposed bond.

"They should vote yes to help the students get a better school and a better education," Burke said.

Her mother, Cindy Burke, helped organize the students Thursday. Included in the group were students from the band, honors society, Cub Scouts and more.

"It was great to see the kids come out during their winter break to help support the bond," Cindy Burke said.

The event was just part of a final push led by pro-bond group . The group, chaired by Ferndale Police Chief Tim Collins, aims to spread the word about what group organizers have called a "no fluff" bond that would fund much-needed school improvements.

Collins said the citizens group will start making reminder phone calls this weekend to people who have expressed interest in the bond issue, and it will continue to spread the word as much as it can in the community.

He said the group feels "cautiously optimistic" about the vote Tuesday.

"The voters in this community have supported these type of issues time and time again," Collins said Thursday. "This is a vote of the people; the people get to say yes or no. We hope that we've gotten the word out and we've made our case."

A fundraiser is planned for 3-5 p.m. Sunday at in Ferndale, where face-painting, bingo and live music will be offered. The ice cream shop will donate 30 percent of all sales proceeds during the event to Citizens for Quality Schools.

Ferndale parent Liz Lisiscki, who was on the committee that determined the most needed upgrades and repairs to include in the bond, helped with the literature drop Thursday.

"I think it's important that the kids are out helping to get the school bond passed, because this is for them," said Lisiscki, a Ferndale grad herself who has a son at FHS and a daughter who graduated high school last year. "Voters can see who this money will help, and the kids can take on the responsibility of helping their school and taking ownership of their school."

Lisiscki also serves as president of the Ferndale PTA council, which oversees all PTA units.

"I remember, when the last bond passed, how proud my daughter was to step out on that new football field with the marching band, knowing she helped make that happen," Lisiscki said.

For more information on Citizens for Quality Schools, visit citizensforqualityschools.org.

Andrew Lawrence February 26, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Thank you! The thing about the football field, not only does the football team use it but the marching band, and the soccer teams use it. The two out of the three I just named has great state records.
Debi February 27, 2012 at 09:11 AM
My husband & I have always voted in favor of millage increases/bond passages. I firmly believe that our first priority is to the educational excellence of our students. Standardized tests clearly show that this has not been the focus. The safety & health issues in the buildings must be addressed, as all of the improvements should have been finished by now with the $$$ of the last 2 bond passages. As a community, we need to ask why these necessary improvements have not been accomplished yet, after recieving the following: ~ $47 million, 1995 ~ $15.5 million, 2004 * With $62.5 million already recieved, it seems like all of the improvements should have been completed by now. * The district is now asking us for another $22.6 MILLION of taxpayer $$$$. * $62.5 MILLION + $22.6 MILLION = $85.1 MILLION * It's time to ask the really hard question: How will an ADDITIONAL $22.6 MILLION get the job done, if $62.5 million couldn't? A TOTAL OF $85.1 MILLION IS A LOT OF HARDWORKING TAXPAYER $$$, PUT INTO SCHOOLS THAT ARE NOT FOCUSED ON PROVIDING AN ACCEPTABLE ACADEMIC EDUCATION! For this reason I ask everyone to VOTE NO!
Joe Milobar February 29, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Hello my name is Joseph Milobar and I am a student at Ferndale High School. I love my community and everyone in it. As a student at Ferndale I understand the concern of spending "hardworking" money on a bond that is going to be "not focused on providing an acceptable academic education", so says Debi. If the money hasn't cleaned up our schools she says we should basically not support a school that is not providing an even mildly acceptable education. Well congratulations on not supporting the working class that will graduate from the school year after year after year because a self implemented voter doesn't understand where their money is going. Bonds before have improved our gyms, our athletic field, the computers we use, and many other things. However, this bond is supporting the removal of material that causes major health problems, asbestos, heating and cooling, which in my enrollment at the school has been a serious issue due to the fact that we don't have a cooling system, a thing standardized in many buildings including the buissness you work at and the home you live in, for comfort. Studies show students don't work as well in a hot, very hot environment in fact, very well. Debi, as a student and a resident who's family has resided in way before you I know this community supports its school way more then the self intended matters you've indicated above and I would love for this community to vote yes not for my class but class's after it.
Joe Milobar February 29, 2012 at 05:20 AM
We need to realize the problems we have in our schools and we need to fix them. I am a key witness to the poor nature of our facilities and all I am asking for is the chance to breath air without asbestos in it while I further my education. When voting comes around please vote yes for this bond. Thank you.
Maggie Isabella May 23, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Good job Joe! Maggie & Isabella. (:

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