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Hazel Park Names Dr. Amy Kruppe New Superintendent

May 26th 2015

Hazel Park Names Dr. Amy Kruppe New Superintendent (Hazel Park Schools Press Release, May 26, 2015) Hazel Park Schools Board of Education has announced that Dr. Amy Kruppe (pronounced Kroup-E), from the Niles (IL) Elementary School District 71 (a northwest Chicago suburb), has been selected and is expected to be named Superintendent of Hazel Park […]

Pontiac Schools Seeking Millage for Facility Repairs – Vote is May 5

March 31st 2015

Pontiac Schools Seeking Millage for Facility Repairs – Vote is May 5 The Pontiac School District Board of Education approved ballot language for a May 5, 2015 millage proposal for a building and site sinking fund tax levy. The Pontiac Schools District is seeking 2.87 mills ($2.87 on each $1,000 of taxable value) for five […]

Pontiac Council Declines Letting Voters Decide on Road Funding

January 29th 2015

Pontiac Council Declines Letting Voters Decide on Road Funding (Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 29, 2015) The roads in Pontiac are in far from ideal condition, but the option to raise taxes to fix them won’t go on the ballot in the near future. A ballot proposal was presented to Pontiac City Council at the Jan. […]

Art is for Everyone Picks Ferndale for HQ

July 31st 2012

23233 Woodward has a new, but temporary, tenant. The building is the Oakland County Headquarters for the Art is for Everyone Campaign, whose goal is to encourage support of the Aug. 7th ballot proposal to provide taxpayer support for the Detroit Institute of Arts. The millage will cost the owner of a $150,000 home about $15 a year, and the money will be used to operate the museum and its programming.

DIA Millage Facts – Vote is Aug 7

July 23rd 2012

The millage vote takes place on August 7, 2012.

The millage would provide $23 million per year: $10 million in Oakland, $8 million in Wayne and $5 million in Macomb.

In 2009 the DIA reduced its workforce by nearly 20% (more than 60 full and part time positions), and reduced its total operating budget by $9 million

Oakland County Voters to Decide on DIA Support

June 1st 2012

The millage is similar to one approved by voters in 2008, giving the three Counties authority and support to the Detroit Zoo. Other regional arts and education attractions have folded in recent years without stable public support, including the Detroit Science Center and the Bell Isle Aquarium.

School Bond Debated at CFF Forum

February 15th 2012

For the Feb. 12, 2012 forum on the school bond, Citizens for Quality Education Treasurer Bob Borkram discussed why he thinks people should vote for the school bond. Resident and occasional political candidate Tom Gagne spoke against the bond.

Upcoming Forums for Bond Issue

February 9th 2012

On February 28, 2012 voters in the Ferndale School District will be asked to vote on a School Bond. There are still opportunities to come out and talk with neighbors about the issue.

Citizens for Quality Schools Gears up for Feb 28 Millage Vote

January 7th 2012

On Feb 28, 2012 voters will be asked to vote for a millage that would extend the current millage rate of 7 mills in order to raise money for infrastructure improvements in the Ferndale School District. Currently the bond is set to expire in 2023, but if approved it would extend taxpayer’s obligation to 2033. The money would be used to eliminate asbestos in school buildings, repair heating systems, upgrade wiring and other technological needs, pool repairs and other repairs.

Community Meetings on School Bond Issue

December 5th 2011

The Ferndale School District is moving forward with plans to put a $22,825,000 bond on the February ballot. The bond is an extension of current bonds with the taxes collected to be used for improvements to the School’s multiple buildings and property. There will be several meetings over the next two months to discuss the needs of the District with members of the public. Superintendent Gary Meier will be on hand to share information about the District moving forward.