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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon

Bond info needed

January 18, 2012 - If you haven't heard by now, Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education voted for a special election on May 8 for a $20 million bond.

The special election comes with a price tag for $35,000 – money the district could save by having the election in November.

Not only do I appreciate trustees Susan Boatman, Joan Patterson and Rosalie Lieblang, who voted "no," but the parents who spoke up during the school board meeting on Jan. 9, when it was approved.

They had good insights but unfortunately four of the board members voted "yes" to continue with the May election.

The district has its reasons for the May election but here are some reasons to hold off. One, you are paying $35,000 (yes, going to keep repeating the cost) when you voted not so long ago to move May elections to November to save money. Two, more community members and taxpayers go out and vote in November.

Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock said the bond is good for the kids. I don't disagree with doing what is right for the kids but when you need money, wouldn't you try to save every penny you can?

Within the $20 million bond, $10.5 million will go into technology upgrades including iPads and netbooks. Right now the district has a few classrooms doing pilot programs with these technologies.

I visited a math class at Clarkston Junior High School using them. The students were doing well and excited with being able to use netbooks. It helped them be organized, still be able to work with the class while sick, keep up with the information, and show they know how to do the math problems.

During the meeting, Trustee Boatman brought up a good point – let's see how the students are doing in the pilot program.

Of course it leads to how are students doing on tests because it all comes down to test results, unfortunately.

But these are just tools. We still need teachers that not only teach but can reach students. The graphing calculator was great in Pre-Calculus in my high school but it was Mr. Martin who reached us.

Make your voice heard - vote May 8.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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