|Chris Fellin The Recall campaign has momentum|
a daily basis. Bloomfield 20/20 will continue to collect signatures for the next several weeks. Recall
supporters have asked us to keep up the effort and continue to keep pressure on the board to act in
accordance with the November 2010 vote.
The majority of BHSD taxpayers do not like what the board is doing, and will not approve any new tax
for a construction project at the Andover site.
On October 18, the $863,114 consultant Fielding Nair will present a plan to the board and public that
requires new taxes for a $60-million to $70-million construction plan. This for phase 1 only.
Bloomfield 20/20 is outraged and anticipates the community will be outraged, and that many more
residents will step forward to sign the recall petitions in response.
Bloomfield 20/20 will continue to gather signatures as long as our supporters wish to do so.
Legally the recall signatures must be obtained in a a ninety day period of time. B20/20 is trading the signatures they obtained prior to August 12th for new signatures they hope to obtain between now and November 12th. This may also include signatures of people who signed prior to August 12th who are willing to sign another recall petition dated between August 12th and November 12th.
If B20/20 fails to get the enough signatures by November 12th they may trade September signatures received prior the 12th of that month for December signatures and extend the recall deadline until December 12th.
To recall an individual board member B20/20 needs 5266 signatures. To recall all seven 36,862 signatures or seven times 5266 are required.
|Kate Pettersen School Board Treasurer Going or staying ?|
How many signatures does B20/20 have currently ? The exact number is anybody's guess. The number is not 36,862. Is it half that ? That would be enough to recall half the board, which Jenny Greenwell, B20/20 leader believes would be a victory. Then the question would then be which half ? School Board member Kate Petersen is moving out of the district. Her husband has accepted a job in another city. The Petersen house, depending on who you talk to has or has not been sold . Treasurer Petersen has expressed a desire "to stay on the board "as long as possible." That possibility like the B20/20 campaign could be indefinite if Peterson were to rent an apartment or move in with a friend or neighbor.The Bloomfield Hills School Board and the school district has been remarkably indifferent about such arrangement in the the past.
|Jenny Greenwell. Something She Could Live with ?|
"She could even move in with us," Jenny Greenwell said when discussing the possibilities before adding the the caveat "Over my dead body !"
The other school board member considered vulnerable is Trustee Robert Herner who is an appointee for a past Board Member who who lingered before leaving. The term Herner is serving is ends in 2012.
B20/20 hopes that citizenry will be outraged by tomorrow night's Fielding Nair presentation at a 7:00 pm at the Doyle Center. The total Fielding Nair consultancy cost the school district more than $800,000 dollars and it is expected that a $60 to $70 million dollar bond will be requested to pay for a new Bloomfield Hills High School. If the Bond issue fails the The new Bloomfield High School will operate on the campus of two or more existing schools.
The hoped for outrage might be less than anticipated however.
"So that's Plan B," Jenny Greenwell said when informed of the School Board's fall back position should the Bond issue fail.. "I could almost live with that."
You don't say.