What's the Future of Farmington Public Schools?

Now that the district's $222M bond was defeated, what's the next step for Farmington Public Schools? Another bond? Cost-cutting throughout the district? Tell us below how you want to see the district proceed. (You must be signed in to post.) Flag as Inappropriate

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art November 6, 2013 at 06:56 pm
Mr. White: Your sell yourself short. That idea that you wanted to do this is enough to show youRead More care about your kids and want to share your and their adventures with others. I had a choice to read this or NOT. I chose to read and I hope I can read some of your adventures with those who are on the edge of questioning their puberty and how they think and what matters to them.
Just One FH Voice Of Reason November 7, 2013 at 07:39 pm
You are awesome Jim. Keep it up and do not lose hope.
Kayla West November 12, 2013 at 08:12 pm
I really hope you continue this blog. Hearing from a teacher is important for parents, kids and theRead More community. Keep it up!
Farmington city council member Greg Cowley said Monday that some parents have called for a boycott of his family's restaurant. Photo credit: City of Farmington website screenshot
Irving Ginsberg September 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm
My sympathies to Mr. Cowley. I have also been a target of the Board supporters who wallow in theirRead More hatred for the opposition. When I ran for FPS school board against the two incumbents, businesses were threatened via anonymous telephone calls that if they failed to remove my election signs, teacher organizations would not hold any more functions at their restaurants. The two businesses were Ginopolos and Brasspointe. None of my supporters made calls regarding the opponents signs. As for Mr. Whittaker -- his comments apply with even more force to the FPS Board decisions that have resulted in declining student performance, financial malfeasance, and cronyism. They have used our students as guinea pigs in failed education policies and are continuing to misspend millions. Remember, the scool disttrict receives over 60% of our property-tax dollars and they want even more without providing meaningful specifics on why, or directly answering questions on the details.
Irving Ginsberg September 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm
Apologies for the typos above.
truth November 6, 2013 at 02:27 am
Support Cowley's !!! I will go there more often now. Thank you for helping lead the opposition toRead More wasteful spending. I will be happy to spend some of my tax savings at his establishment. Lack of support for a new, large expenditure does not mean a lack of --interest in kids or their education--school board officials and their supporters, GROW UP
Farmington school board member George Gurrola talks about a November bond referendum Tuesday at North Farmington High School. Photo credit: Joni Hubred-Golden
Sharon September 5, 2013 at 08:27 pm
FPS has placed new links to the November bond proposal information that leave me puzzled. First,Read More although they posted the percentages of the responders to the lame 4 question post August bond survey, they left out the most important data which is the personal comments that citizens made for administration to consider before going ahead in November with the second attempt. Why? Second, a nifty little calculator tool was placed there by the bond consultants. One big problem is the more money I say I make the less property taxes I seem to pay. I pay based on the taxable value of my home not my income. What gives? Third, the specifics are still not there. And just fyi, Plymouth-Canton Schools passed their $114 million dollar bond in May and that Board of Education just saved $750,000 at their last board meeting by making administration go out for architect bids with an RFP process. Of course they chose the same architect, TMP, but they at least saved $750K by doing so. FPS has the same project manager and architects. Our BOE needs to demand that bids for all services are required before I will vote for any future bonds. I'm sure Dr. Barrett would be happy to reconnect with them all.
Bill Largent, Farmington Kids First. Video credit: Joni Hubred-Golden
Sue Burstein August 27, 2013 at 11:34 pm
Shelley, you are absolutely correct, the fix was in. In fact, when opposition members met withRead More Zurvalec and others, the districy told them the amount, so my guess is, since that Meeting took place a week after the election, that they had it planned before the August vote. And it was opposition members who contacted the district to sit down and talk, not the other way around as it was presented. The district has no interest in what we have to say. So, they will lose again in Nov (which traditionally is a harder time to pass millages) when they could have been working with us as Bill Largent and others offered,them. As one board member stated, this will be a referendum vote on the board and administration. And so far they aren't doing so good.
Sue Burstein August 27, 2013 at 11:37 pm
Joni, I just read that the Huffington Post, another AOL owned online news outlet is requiringRead More posters to use their full names, no monikers or aliases. Is the Patch planning on doing anything like that? I for one would welcome that transparency.
Ann August 29, 2013 at 08:06 am
Sue, I don't see what difference it makes if people use their full names or not. When I commentRead More about things here, I prefer to have a little privacy and use my first name only. In this digital age, people can look up your name and instantly find your address--complete with a map to your house. If I speak freely about what is on my mind, I don't want someone who opposes my viewpoint to leave a dead rat on my doorstop, or worse. If people must give their complete name, many will stop posting. Then it wouldn't be a true measure of what people think about the different issues.