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Letter to the Editor: Support Northville Schools Tech Bond

A Northville parent says that current technology at the schools is in desperate need of an upgrade.

- The following letter to the editor was submitted by Northville resident Kathy Morris

In support of voting YES for the Northville Public Schools Technology Bond on November 6th, I discussed the proposal with my youngest child, who is also a voter, college Freshman, 2012 graduate of Northville High School and recent first-hand user of the school district’s current technology.

This is what she said: “The time wasted using the old, extremely slow, not always compatible, partially working computers at Northville High School was almost unacceptable for where students and schools need to be technologically.”

While challenging economic times and severe public school funding cuts by the State unfortunately delayed much-needed technology improvements when my children were attending Northville Public Schools, we now have the opportunity to remedy this. We all know that technology will continue to advance and that we must keep pace. We also want our students to have relevant learning experiences that will facilitate essential college and career readiness. We can even have this positive impact with our Northville taxpayer dollars for the
Technology Bond staying right in our own community. And, we can do this and maintain the current education millage rate at the same time, because the Technology Bond millage would take the place of the anticipated reduction in the school district’s debt millage retirement.

Simply, we must vote YES on the Technology Bond proposal on November 6th. It is the right thing to do for our current students, public schools, community, property values and future. We really cannot afford to do otherwise.

Kathy Morris

Interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor? Email it to nancy.kelsey@patch.com.

ConcernedParent September 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I believe this is called cutting off your nose to spite your face. As you must know, these are two very distinct pockets of money. The amount the school receives per pupil from the District is set, but the more we can bring in from bonds like this to offset technology and other costs, the more money can be shifted to the classrooms. Northville's school funding is in a different position to many neighboring districts, for complex historical reasons. Without this technology bond the district will fall farther behind -- if you've seen the technology report, you'll see just how old the computer equipment in the schools is! And if you vote to let our schools decline, your property values will soon follow. Please think again before you cast your vote.
ConcernedParent September 26, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Class sizes are a major problem, but please rethink this decision. Why punish the children further for things that are outside of their control? The District desperately needs to upgrade its technology, and without the bond the chances of bringing class sizes down actually decreases. I keep saying this, because I think it's important -- the high standard of our schools are what keeps Northville on the map. Please reconsider before you vote against this bond.
ConcernedParent September 27, 2012 at 05:57 PM
How on earth are our children going to compete in a world where technology is so key, if we don't at least upgrade old equipment? Our current technology is an embarrassment even compared with neighboring districts. There are 10 year old computers, and software that is no longer compatible with the versions students are using at home so that homework they bring in can't be shared. While I understand your point, education in 2012 cannot be about 'back to basics' when the world is moving at such a pace and our children will need to compete in a global economy.
Patrick J Oneil September 28, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Concerned parent, you are absolutely correct the technology in the district is an embarrassment. And yes we do know that all districts have suffered badly from state cuts. What is more embarrassing is that none of the neighboring districts have class sizes as large as Northville. Call around and find out. It is negligent and unsafe to put students at risk like this. How is any teacher going to use new technology in a class of forty? The administration has the means to fix this right now. I love MoMMiller's suggestions. Fix the overcrowding especially at the high school and people will pass this bond. You know the district will do nothing. We will vote No.
ConcernedParent September 28, 2012 at 12:21 AM
I'm struggling to follow your logic, Patrick, although I share your feelings about class sizes. If you vote no we will have still have huge class sizes and crappy technology. If you vote yes, at least the technology portion will be addressed! If you have an issue to raise with the funding of our schools, by all means raise these issues with the board, but also speak with your legislators, who have voted in the cuts we've had to deal with over the last few years. But the other point is that if we can pay for technology upgrades with the bond, this WILL release other money to be used for other purposes. I hate the large class sizes. I think as a district we are in danger of losing the high reputation of our schools because of it. But I don't see how voting against the bond will get us closer to the goal of improving our schools.

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