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Wednesday, May 04, 2005
An open letter to the “author(s)” of the yellow and white “Vote NO May 3rd” fliers:
First off to the proposed millage, I say yea. Now, to the person or persons (we’ll never know because they didn’t have the courage to sign it) responsible for Sunday’s flier: Let’s “bond together [sic]” and send these folks to an English class. The phrase is BAND together. Also, you can’t be the citizen of a student of Jefferson Schools even if you do capitalize the first letter of “Students [sic]” in the middle of the sentence. These are all grammatical errors, however. The real errors are in the premises set forth. I would like to see the data on this $75,000 per anum salaried “secretary”. The author(s) of this document put secretary in quotation marks so perhaps they are taking a bit of interpretative license on the job title. As for Superintendent Fitzpatrick threatening a gym full of middle schoolers, I would be curious to know exactly what weapons this one man was wielding. Could the author(s) mean that Fitzpatrick was using the loss of school programs as the weapon? If that’s the case then these aren’t horrible threats coming from our Superintendent. These are terrible consequences firmly seated in the reality of running a school on a pauper’s budget. I see our esteemed author(s) suggests a trip to the Rec. Center to see the fliers posted there. Only one problem with that suggestion: the Rec. Center is closed to the public thanks to the fiscal management under the “leadership” of the last millage election’s naysayers. That’s right I’m speaking of our esteemed former school board members Andring and Polk, both of whom insisted that Jefferson didn’t need the amount of money they were getting. Thanks to some legislative changes in Lansing that amount would never return once lost. This, our two stooges realized too late. The author(s) concludes by saying, “…if you want to pay higher taxes for your kids to sit in a classroom and watch movies, then vote yes.” This time they’re partially right. If you want your kids to have a classroom to sit in (at least one with decent teacher and reasonably small student count) vote yes. Higher taxes should be considered an investment, not only in the kids the benevolent author(s) claim to be thinking of, but in the very property that is subject to the tax. Ask a realtor what sort of hit your property value will take when the school district goes to pot. The movies mentioned were, at least in my experience, films like “To Kill a Mockingbird” which we watched after reading the text as part of a state-mandated curriculum. Despite the promised conclusion, our author(s) goes back to attacking the pro-millage flier, saying, “Do you actually believe the students endorsed them sending this out?” Actually, yes, yes I do. I believe they did because my friends and I would have. It has more credibility because there is at least an indication of who might be responsible for it. As for the smoothie machine, I’m quite confident that the funds for it came out of snack shop profits as part of the business class. Now, I’m not saying there have not been funding mismanagements in the past, but you don’t cure a sleepwalker by cutting off their legs. Jefferson needs this money; many special programs are riding on it. Band, for instance, has consistently been shown to improve test scores in students. Your property values and kids’ education are on the line. There once was a dream that was Jefferson. I got out before it turned into a nightmare because of a millage denial. Choose wisely.
(Jefferson Alumni Class of ’02, Cofounder: Alumni for Higher School Standards)