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Letter to the Editor


Reader sees too many questions on bond



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March 21, 2012 - Dear Editor,

I was very surprised to learn Clarkston Schools is going to ask for a $20 million bond. I thought the school must be in trouble to ask for that much. Then to find out there is no detailed plan for what they will purchase let alone how to use the $10 million of new technology. I want to know how these tools will be used to teach core subjects.

In the Jan. 9, 2012 Clarkston Community School board meeting at 1 hour and 3 minutes (www.ustream.tv/recorded/19670562) Dr. Rod Rock said, "I know as experienced business people if you invest $35,000 and receive a $20 million in return that is a very good investment."

I guess with that mindset it is like money raining from the sky onto the schools. This is when I realized logic does not matter. They are in a position to make a bet and if they win that bet they can spend the bond money in any way they want because they did not make specific promises regarding mobile technology.

Bond council confirmed the administration can move money between items on the capital needs list. The only restriction is they can't spend money on anything not on the list.

There are just too many questions, too much money at stake and no clear direction. I am voting to end this spiraling debt burden on taxpayers which includes parents like me with children in the school. I will vote no.

Alan Lowe

Independence Township

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