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OPINION: High School Merger Momentum Shows at Challenge Day

Excitement for the new Bloomfield Hills High School is growing, and the Nov. 6 Election is critical for it to become a reality.

Last Thursday I volunteered at the freshman Challenge Day event at Andover High School.  Freshman from both Lahser and Andover participated.  According to www.challengeday.org, their mission is, "to provide youth and community with experiential workshops and programs that demonstrate the possibilities of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth and full expression."

It is a powerful event, to say the least, and brings up many emotions. Throughout the day, over and over again, I was struck by how excited the kids were to be together as one. The energy of the united group was palpable. Even the teen facilitators, who were upperclassmen, expressed excitement for the upcoming merger of Lahser and Andover as Bloomfield Hills High School.

Freshman Challenge Day is just one example of the many activities that are already taking place to transition this district community from two high school populations to one. The upcoming Bloomfield Hills School Board election is critical in making this new high school a reality. Incumbent Ingrid Day and newcomer Howard Baron are the best choices for the two open six-year terms.

Ingrid's experience and knowledge of our district are essential, as is Howard's fiscal responsibility. Our community came together last May 8th to approve the construction of one unified high school facility. The students are excited, much of the community at-large is excited. Let's keep the momentum going and elect Ingrid Day and Howard Baron to the Bloomfield Hills School Board on November 6th.

Julie Garcia,

Bloomfield Hills

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Neal Charness October 03, 2012 at 10:39 PM
It's been a few days since Vic was asked to back up the assertion that the district is failing with math and science. Since then he posted a campaign blog but seems not to want to answer a very important question. This would seem to disqualify him from consideration as a board member. A failing grade would seem to be in order.
Neal Charness October 03, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Elizabeth: I didn't see your post about Mr Moigis til today. That's good information to have. Neal
Linda P October 04, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Mr. Moigis, you will find If you post to this discussion stream that once you question the current board policy you can do no right by several posters to this site. It doesn't matter if you make sense....If you recommend some new idea or critique the board....you are the devil....welcome to their game.
-Elizabeth- October 04, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Neal: Here is the link for the Candidate Forum. It is worth watching. http://bhstv.bloomfield.org/category/bd-of-ed I received a flyer in the mail today and it was paid for by Back to Education: http://courts.oakgov.com/cfrs/iCommitteePortal.php?iCommitteeID=11821
Neal Charness October 04, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Linda: I'm glad you think you can set the agenda but if a candidate makes an assertion it is totally reasonable to ask he or she to back it up. This is not a new idea--it was a statement. Is it fact or false. Your imperiousness and dislike for people who question you or those you agree with ill serves you and the community. For all we know Mr. Moigis may be totally correct. Let's give him the chance--he's entitled to that.

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