What Should We Expect?
Recently Superindent Tom Moline wrote a thank you letter to the citizens of Royal Oak detailing how the money from the bond will be deployed. I was shocked at my reaction in two ways. For one, my cynical side has a vision of building that don't look much different than the what we currently have; that is, we will see our money used up and not have a sparkling new building with all the bells and whistles because that would cost us 3 times as much as we alocated.
My other reaction was that what we would get would be the same as what happened in Ferndale, where the school district built nice appearing but structurally unsound buildings. My wife worked as a teacher in Ferndale and her classroom was flooded during Christmas break of the first year of her new facility. We maybe getting this as well.
As a community we want assurances - nearly half the voters in this last election said a loud "NO" to the budget and the goals of the bond. Who are the contractors that we are using, and how is the School Board going to report back to the community the progress and the expenditures along the way. Laying this out for the community would also be a sign of gratitude.