Thursday, October 30, 2014
On November 4th, voters in the Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake school districts will have the option to vote to allow AAPS to annex the Whitmore Lake School System. Currently, Whitmore Lake Public Schools are not in great financial shape. They have begun the slow public schools death-spiral of declining enrollment causing declining revenue causing program cutbacks leading to even more declining enrollment. Without annexation WLPS will have to make further cuts to programs to balance their budget or face an emergency manager or be dissolved. With annexation Ann Arbor Public School would get the just under 1000 WLPS students, all the school district property and $60 million in debt owned by Whitmore Lake. AAPS would also get a special grant from the state to the tune of $1.4 million to help cover costs of the merger. As with any issue that deals with local identity and a cherished public good, there are strong opinions on both sides of the annexation issue in both communities. I am no longer an AAPS voter, but if I were, I think I would be voting to support annexation. Gentle readers, what are your thoughts on the issue? Do you have any questions about the potential risks and benefits if the proposal passes, or does not pass?
Posted by Ben Connor Barrie at 12:26 PM