Thursday, October 30, 2014

Annexing Whitmore Lake Public Schools

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?

Ruth Kraut and David Erik Nelson have both penned pro-annexation articles on their websites.

1 comment:

  1. I have nothing against annexation, If that's what they need balance the public school revenue, the do it. What most important is the quality of education and students coverage. Schools should not be underfunded by the state, and that's my stand.Funding public education is too important to depend upon donations. I am motivated by my ongoing commitment to advocate for schools as the touchstone of every neighborhood. Community education and learning are usually too vital that you depend upon charitable contributions. I'm encouraged by means of the ongoing commitment to be able to endorse pertaining to schools as the touchstone of any communities. Perhaps, this vote to support the annexation would lead to providing high-quality education despite continued inadequate funding from state government. As a proofreading service provider, I would say that the end justifies the means, The education system is broken so it has to be fixed immediately.