Now that the Grosse Pointe Public School tech bond was overwhelmingly dismissed by voters it’s time to focus on a plan that can work. As an early critic of the tech bond (my first post warning against a proposal that high was on July 18, 2013), I continue to seek ways to contribute to a solution.
That was before the February result. It’s all different now.
Dependence on a bond approval now is not only impractical, it is dangerous with the Hold Harmless millage and Sinking Fund renewals, about a quarter of the district’s revenues, up in November. Meanwhile, our students and staff need improved technology immediately.
The framework presented here creates nearly $10 million of funding capacity over the next four years starting as soon as the 2014-15 budget which I believe addresses the district’s most pressing technology needs. The plan would not depend upon staff cuts, raising class sizes, pay reductions, tax increases, or generally any other financial remedy that would not be pleasant for students, staff, parents or taxpayers. It would also enable the return of district Fund Equity to the 10% target by 2017-18.
Also, since the plan would leverage mainly the General Fund, leasing and managed (cloud) services become an option. It would create a permanent place in the budget for technology refreshes that previously inflated the defeated bond proposal.
I encourage community stakeholders to review the framework, ask questions, make suggestions and generally engage in a collaborative and constructive dialog so we can all move forward.