Greenwell states that the group’s signature campaign got off to a slow start in the near 100 degree temperature days of August but is now flourishing. A month delay in deadline dates would push the recall election to March or possibly later however.
B20/20 volunteers believe there are still ten thousand recall petitions yet to be collected from a mailing of 11,067 petitions. Each petition packet was mailed at a reported cost of $1.28.
When the topic turned to B20/20, one woman said that going after the entire board especially the new elected members suggested an agenda. Another thought that was scary and a third wondered how much money was being spent
There will be a bond issue for approximately Sixty Million dollars in the fall of 2012. If it passes, Bloomfield Hills High School will be on one campus. If it fails the School will be on multiple campuses.
Despite the recall effort, Glass stressed the importance of communications, and “staying focused on what we do best, delivering product and always be innovative.”
On Thursday, October 6th the School Board will meet at Seven PM at the Doyle Center for a regularly scheduled meeting. Prior to the evening meeting and beginning at 5:30 pm the Board will have a study session. A Public Comment period is scheduled for both meetings.
The board members up for recall are also taking their point of view to the public. Recently they placed a full page ad in a weekly newspaper which provides direct mail coverage to the school district.
The advertisement’s cost is estimated at $1000 to $1400 and it was paid for by the “Mark Bank Election Committee.” Mark Bank is one of the School Board Members facing recall. It is the first advertising or campaigning by the School Board during the recall period.
The advertisement is written as an open letter. It states “You may disagree with our conclusion about the path we think is best , but please be assured that they were drawn after significant public input and that they are steeped in in our unwavering commitment to our children, their education, and our public trust.” The complete text can be found on the One Bloomfield United website.
In addition School Board President Ingrid Day wrote full page article, Understanding how your Board of Education does business for Community Connections the Bloomfield Hills Schools Newsletter mailed to all homes in the district.
Recommended Reading. Schools Can't Do It Alone.
Author Jamie Vollmer. Bloomfield Hills Middle School.
Wednesday Oct 26 7pm. Free Admission.
No reservations required.
Partnership committee October meetings will be held every Monday, October 10th through October 24th, at 6:30 pm at the Doyle Center. The Topics for these meetings is Financial Communications, Relationship Outreach, and The Light House Curriculum.
The Public is also invited to meet with Superintendent Glass at the next “Community Dialogue” on Tuesday October 11th at 7pm at the Doyle Center.