Friday, March 2, 2012
Find out about the city's voter turnout for each precinct in Tuesday's presidential primary.
Ferndale had an average voter turnout Tuesday for Michigan's presidential primary and school bond proposal, according to Ferndale City Clerk Cherilynn Tallman. The city had an overall turnout of 17.99 percent, or 2,876 out of 15,991 registered voters casting ballots. Included in the 2,876 votes cast were 475 absentee ballots. In the last presidential primary in January 2008, Ferndale had a voter turnout of 19 percent. “As usual Ferndale's turnout tends to be consistent,” Tallman said. Ferndale favored Rick Santorum with 34.63 percent of Republican votes, with Mitt Romney at 29.87 percent and Ron Paul not far behind at 25.70 percent. Voters also passed the school bond issue with 64.46 percent of residents voting "yes." Certain precincts had…
Nancy Kerr-Mueller, operations chair of the Ferndale Board of Education, wants to publicly thank the committee that worked on choosing projects for the school bond.
Friday, March 2, 2012
As the operations chair for the Ferndale School Board, I want to publicly thank the committee that gave up most of their Thursdays last summer to discuss and agonize over what to keep in this bond. I am so proud to serve a community that takes stewardship and volunteerism so seriously. Thank you Mary Schusterbauer, Jim O'Donnell and Marie Haener-Patti for chairing the committee that gave us a bond proposal that the community could rally around. You all are appreciated! Sincerely, Nancy Kerr-Mueller Ferndale District Trustee
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Voters approved a $22.8 million school bond proposal on Tuesday, allowing the district to complete infrastructure updates. Some projects should be completed over the summer, school officials said.
School improvement projects included in the $22.8 million bond that voters passed Tuesday are likely to begin this summer, according to Ferndale Schools Superintendent Gary Meier. “The goal is to get going as quickly as we can,” he said. The $22.825 million bond will fund infrastructure updates such as asbestos removal from Ferndale High School, energy-efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems for buildings, and full-service kitchens for two schools. Technology upgrades and a remodeled auditorium stage are also included. The bond will not increase the tax rate but extends an existing 7 mill bond, which was approved in 2004, beyond its scheduled expiration in 2023 to 2043. Meier said the next step is to structure the bonds for sale …
$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. The $22.825 million bond will fund infrastructure updates such as asbestos removal from Ferndale High School, heating and cooling systems for buildings and a kitchen area for Roosevelt Primary School. 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 …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Ferndale Patch will bring you the news as it happens.
9:15 p.m.: Ferndale Police Chief Tim Collins, chair of Citizens for Quality Schools, announced a projected win for the Ferndale school bond based on the precincts currently reporting results. Collins said that based on the current numbers, there was "no numerical way" that the bond would not pass. Ferndale City Clerk J. Cherilynn Tallman said she was still in the process of transmitting results to the county and couldn't yet discuss the results. 9 p.m.: Supporters of the school bond are gathered at the Woodward Avenue Brewers waiting on final vote results. Stephanie Hall, Ferndale schools community relations director, said bond "yes" votes were ahead by 1,200 votes right now, but some precincts had not yet reported results. Follow voting …
Today, voters will cast their ballots in the Michigan presidential primary and on the Ferndale school bond issue. Here's what you need to know before you head to the polls.
Today is the Michigan presidential primary — a chance for residents to vote on Republican presidential candidates and on the proposed Ferndale school bond. The polls are open from 7 a.m-8 p.m. for all elections in the state of Michigan. There are nine voting precincts in Ferndale. Use the map to the right, provided by the Ferndale City Clerk's Office, to help you find your polling location. Here's a list of polling sites by precinct: State law calls for separate ballots to be printed for Republican candidates and Democratic candidates — the same was done in the January 2008 primary. When you arrive to vote, you must choose which type of ballot you would like by filling out an Application to Vote. Ferndale voters will also have the option …
Ferndale residents will vote today on the $22.8 million proposed school bond. Find out about how those supporting and opposing the bond feel the vote will go today.
Residents in the Ferndale School District will vote today on the proposed school bond. The $22.825 million bond would fund infrastructure updates such as asbestos removal from Ferndale High School, heating and cooling systems for buildings and a kitchen area for Roosevelt Primary School. Citizens for Quality Schools has been advocating for the bond, calling it a "no fluff" proposal that includes only the most-needed school improvements. There is no organized group opposing the bond, however Ferndale resident Tom Gagne has written editorials against it saying the district has no plan for improving school performance and failed to use past bond dollars appropriately. Gagne and a citizens group representative answered questions in a community…
Monday, February 27, 2012
Bradford Parks, a parent who worked on the school bond committee over the summer, urges district residents to vote yes on the bond proposal.
Monday, February 27, 2012
I am writing to urge Ferndale school district voters to vote YES for the school bond this Tuesday. I have two children in the school district, and I believe strongly in giving my kids and all other children in our district safer buildings, warm food cooked in real kitchens, cool air to allow them to think on hot days, and the technological infrastructure to compete with surrounding districts. I am a member of the Board of Operations committee and worked on the bond committee this summer. I believe the Operations team is committed to careful oversight of our tax dollars. I urge everyone to vote YES, not just for our own kids today, but for the children who will be attending our schools in the future. Thank you. Bradford Parks
Amy Butters, a Ferndale Schools parent, explains her thought process behind supporting the school bond.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Last summer when I was thinking about my position on the school bond election, this was my thought process. I have three daughters in Ferndale schools. If this bond passes, they will definitely benefit. Their school playground will be resurfaced. The high school auditorium they perform in occasionally will be updated and more comfortable. The middle and high school they will eventually attend will have better mechanical systems, no asbestos and more efficient lighting. Technology they use will be updated. But how much will it really affect my three girls if this bond doesn’t pass? So what if they have to sweat a little during class, so what if the bathrooms are still a little grungy, so what if the pool could at any time spring a leak? …
Citizens for Quality Schools hosted a final fundraiser to raise awareness about the school bond issue Sunday afternoon at Treat Dreams in Ferndale.
Ferndale school bond supporters gathered Sunday afternoon for a final fundraiser in advance of Tuesday's bond vote. The event was held at Treat Dreams in Ferndale, where from 3-5 p.m., 30 percent of all ice cream proceeds were donated to pro-bond group Citizens for Quality Schools. "It was the sweetest ending to a campaign that anyone ever had," said Ferndale resident and former school board president Frank O'Donnell, as he and other residents enjoyed ice cream at the event. Halfway through the fundraiser, organizer Barb Landry said at least 50 to 60 people had already attended. “I think it's fabulous,” she said. “It means the community is really vested.” The family-friendly event also featured free face-painting and henna tattoos, along …