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Letter | We need to move ahead - Vote Yes for schools
As an MBA who has started and run several businesses and whose children are no longer in MI schools, I was initially skeptical about the school bond levy issue. It is a large amount of money. After looking into it, however, I was surprised by the magnitude of the problems our school system faces.
Despite the 'No' signs, it appears that we agree that our elementary schools are severely overcrowded and soon the middle school will be too. We also agree that we need to address these problems.
Over 40 years in business has taught me that it's impossible to get 100 percent agreement about how to solve complex problems, and a good solution implemented is far better than long delays or no solution at all. The disagreements surrounding this bond levy, while strongly voiced, appear to be at the margins. Also, there is no unified view of an alternative, which means it's very unlikely any future plan will be better received than the current one.
What is clear is that the current plan is the result of considerable thought and review by experts and community volunteers. The proposal's website is excellent and addresses the objections raised by its opponents. I encourage everyone to visit the site and see for themselves the thought and effort that has been poured into this proposal.
We need to move ahead. Delays will only cause us all to suffer: our kids from poor facilities, our schools because they can't attract the best teachers, our budgets from increased costs, and our property values because our status as a premier school system would be put in jeopardy.
I'd like to express my appreciation to the many volunteer citizens who spent so much of their time developing the plan for this school bond levy vote. Thank you.