Source: Sherman Publications

Letter to the Editor
Reader sees no future in bond

April 18, 2012

Dear Editor,

On May 8, the Clarkston School Board will ask voters to approve a $20 million bond issue. They propose to use 10.5 million of those dollars to upgrade technology.

While I believe that our children should be provided with every possible opportunity to prepare them for a successful future, I do not believe that this will be facilitated through this proposal.

There does not appear to be any clear cut plan regarding the purchases. When asked for specifics, it was explained that technology changes too fast to make a commitment now. Items like netbooks and iPads are being bandied about. We are being asked to provide a blank check; the expenditures will be decided later.

This brings a few questions to mind: Do we wish to purchase items which will be obsolete in 2-3 years while taxpayers take 17 years to repay the money borrowed for them? Who will be responsible for lost, stolen or broken articles? Will the taxpayers also need to provide replacements? What are additional costs to parents for insurance, screen protectors, cases, etc? Are the taxpayers aware of the schools intent to use $98,000 out of the general fund each year for maintenance? Equally important, has anyone researched or addressed the potential health issues that arise from constant exposure to the microwaves in wireless devices: neuro-degenerative diseases, DNA damage and cancer to name a few. Young bodies that are still developing would be especially susceptible. This research is in the developmental stage. Has the School Board researched these implications and are they willing to accept this responsibility?

Donít be bullied into feeling that you are not fulfilling your responsibility as a parent by not blindly following the School Boardís recommendation for this Bond Issue. Demand to be fully informed as to their intentions in regards to this money. Insist that they be fully accountable for the amount of the request and the expenditures. We can ill afford to offer carte blanche to a group of people who do not feel that it is necessary to fully explain their intentions.

VOTE NO on this proposal and send them back to the drawing board!

Grace Haag

Independence Township

In response, Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock said Clarkston Schools are governed by OSHA and MIOSHA, and the technology meets safety standards set by the FCC, EPA, and CDC.