Need To Know: Tuesday's Farmington Public Schools Bond Election

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Voters will decide the fate of a $222 million bond referendum Tuesday. Photo credit: Patch file photo
Voters will decide the fate of a $222 million bond referendum Tuesday. Photo credit: Patch file photo
Tuesday's Farmington Public Schools bond election is a special election, which means there will be nothing else on your ballot but the $222 million bond question. 

Absent voter ballots

A voter eligible to vote by absent voter ballot may also vote in person at the clerk’s office any time up to 4 p.m. the day before the election. All absent voter ballots must be received by the clerk’s office not later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. While the deadline has passed to have an absent voter application mailed, you can pick up one at the clerk's office in your city.  

Ballot question

A copy of the ballot question is posted on the school district, City of Farmington and City of Farmington Hills websites. 

City Clerks

Farmington clerk Sue Halberstadt, 248-474-5500, ext. 2218, and Farmington Hills city clerk Pam Smith, 248-871-2410, oversee elections in their respective communities. Call their offices if you have questions or concerns on election day.



Are you eligible to vote? Here are the requirements for casting a ballot on election day: 

  • Registered with the city at least 30 days prior to the election
  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years old 
  • A resident of the city for at least 30 days

Find out whether you're registered to vote on the Michigan Secretary of State website.

Polling places

Not sure where you go to vote? Your precinct number and location are on your voter registration card. If you can't find that, here are links to maps that will help:

City of Farmington Polling Places and Precincts Map PDF 

City of Farmington Hills Polling Locations and Detailed Precinct Maps

Polls open

7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voter identification

Be sure to bring some form of picture identification along when you go to vote. The Michigan Secretary of State website has a list of identification accepted at polling places and explains how to vote when you don't have a picture ID.

Sharon August 05, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Here is the answer to who will benefit most from this 32 year $222 million dollar bond. Just take a look at the list of donors in the July 30th Advocates for Excellence in Education “Itemized Contributions Ballot Question Committee Report” to see who is funding this “YES” campaign and judge for yourself! It’s not the kids. http://courts.oakgov.com/CFRS/IndexedDocs/829840.pdf
Angie August 05, 2013 at 07:43 PM
The STUDENTS will benefit most if the bond passes. Passing the bond means that money, currently being used to repair the decrepit schools, can be used for instructional costs.
Jennifer Hiller August 05, 2013 at 08:15 PM
I reviewed and it is for the kids. Looks like a lot of people who care about our schools donated their funds and took their time to clarify the misconceptions that have been posted on these comment strands. For the kids and the benefit of our community vote yes.
Barry August 05, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Sharon, I don't get your point at all. Sorry.
Christopher DeYonke August 05, 2013 at 08:37 PM
I too reviewed the packet. It seems the treasurer is Nancy Gross. I taught her sons at North Farmington and she has always proved to be a dedicated parent along with her husband Paul. I applaud her for continuing to support Farmington Public Schools after her sons have graduated and I am thankful that this group is out there advocating FOR our students.
Sharon August 05, 2013 at 09:06 PM
I'll spell it out for you. 61% from contractors and suppliers, 3% from non-employees, 13% from employees, 24% from Ed organizations. Who do you think wants this to pass so badly? You decide for yourself, I am.
Sharon August 05, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Facility Condition Assessment = Peter Basso Associates – Mechanical & Electrical Engineers = $1000 Just for starters.
Sharon August 05, 2013 at 09:18 PM
BTW, Mr. DeYonke, Although I am pretty certain Mrs. Gross and I would disagree to disagree on many things, I agree her contribution and continuing involvement along with the other 3 other non-employee contributions totaling only $180 out of the $5870 that was given are admirable. Its is the rest that are questionable.
Jim White August 05, 2013 at 10:02 PM
I would expect downtown merchants who see the value of increased pedestrian traffic to support, with donations, a new streetscape. I would expect public safety officers and advocacy groups to support a public safety millage increase. I am not surprised that "ed organizations" and district employees (including my wife and me) would support this investment in the schools. We believe in this vision of improving and updating the learning environment for all students and staff. This is what we live, every day. There need be nothing sinister in this. (We have donated, but I don't know if it made the list you are looking at.) I am not surprised, even, that potential contractors would support the effort. Even if they potentially stand to benefit in terms of work, they still might also believe in strong public schools. I would have been really surprised if you had found actual kids on the list of donors, but I am guessing you did not really mean you thought kids should be there.
Barry August 05, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Sharon, thank you so much for spelling it out for me. See, when I looked at this group, I just noticed a group of people who believe in advocating for education. See, I might have fallen into the trap of actually donating to a group like that, because education means a lot to me and my family as my son is about to head into kindergarten at FPS. Man, it is a good thing that we have people like you who just throw things out there without the support of any facts at all. You know, someone who just casts aspersions. See, that is what a society REALLY needs, people like you. By the way, if you can't feel the sarcasm, maybe I should spell it out for you. I am thinking, as a parent and community member, that I would want, even expect, my board members and administrators to be a part of some kind of group that supports education. Gee, and maybe they would get some other people in the community to join like, I don't know, hmmmm, anyone. Maybe, just maybe, those people would be contractors and lawyers. The way I look at it, this sounds like a good group of people, so I guess that you and I will have to, as you put it, "disagree to disagree".
Barry August 05, 2013 at 10:05 PM
P.S. ADVOCATES FOR EXCELLENCE- How do I make a donation?
Sue Burstein August 05, 2013 at 10:15 PM
LOLOLOL. the ridiculous quote that the district used that buildings are more important in education than families came from a TRADE ASSOCIATION comprised mostly of architects. This TRADE ASSOCIATION gets significant support from an international building firm that specializes in schools. That is the GARBAGE that is being spewed by this district as some kind of fact or reputable study. That is why those of us with no vested interest unlike "The Farmington assn of School Administrators" are so skeptical of who supports the bond. Yes, the Whites have a vested interest, as do almost all of the supporters and it's called a paycheck. Compare that to parents and citizens who will vote NO on THIS particular bond. What is their vested interest? Personally, I have nothing to gain and nothing to lose. If it passes I pay higher taxes. If it loses, they will come at us agin, for less money. Eventually something will pass, we all know that. That's the dirty little game of this. I oppose this Bond simply because I view it as excessive. It is one of the only bond issues I will vote NO on in 31 years of living in FPS district. Bring on something reasonable, and if I think it's sound I will support it. Simple as that.
Russ Averill August 05, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Thank you, Sharon! Now I know who to track down and personally thank for advocating on behalf of the students, staff, and FPS community. If you find additional donors, would you please post their names, too? You obviously have more time on your hands for this than I do. I do sincerely appreciate this part of your on-going rant....
Sue Burstein August 05, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Hey Russ, you had enough time to read and post...that's all it takes to uncover the dirty little games that go on in this district.
Barry August 05, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Sue, thank you for making a statement without slinging mud. While we might disagree, I appreciate the way you explained yourself. I am voting yes, because I believe that the changes that are being proposed are necessary. I do believe that my wife and I are the main contributing factors in the success of our son. However, when I see pictures of businesses like Google, Apple and others, I think that educational institutions need to change so that students will be able to work in environments like that. I believe that a lot of people are having a very difficult time with the way and the pace that the world is changing. Anyway, thanks for making statements without making it ugly.
Sue Burstein August 05, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Barry, clearly you have great admiration for "the collective" approach to educational indoctrination. Good for you and your child. I preferred that my kids grew up to be independent thinkers. Able to produce on an individual basis. Proud to be Americans and the ability to be self sufficient without the help of the government or the group. I hope you have enjoyed being a sperm donor, because according to this district you support, you are no longer needed once your child hits the doors of the new buildings they propose. Those buildings will provide all the support your child needs to have educational success. They have determined that their buildings will have have the most impact - more impact than families, attendance, and behavior of your child collectively. Guess I would prefer to have my children in a district that believes parents are the driving force of success. To each his own. It's the American way, at least for those of us who still believe in America.
Barry August 05, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Sue, Wow, do you have a warped view of what I think and the way the district is headed. I believe that the workplace has already driven down the path of collective work. I am not sure where you have been for the past 20-30 or more years, but fewer and fewer positions of authority exist in a bubble. Project manager positions are the norm with groups of anywhere from five to ten people working to solve problems. The schools need to reflect that so that our children are ready. By the way, what is with the pounding of the word America? "Proud to be Americans" and "It's the American way"? Did we suddenly move to another country or are you trying to call me something? Be honest. Call me what you really want to call me, because I will respond as the proud son of an American soldier. I will respond as a proud descendant of an American Civil War, WWI and WWII soldier. I will respond as a Mayflower descendant. I don't think that there is a single survivor of the first winter in Plymouth who wouldn't say that there survival was because of a "collective" effort. I don't think that there is any person ever in the AMERICAN military who will tell you that a fighting force isn't a "collective"! I don't think that there is anyone who was a member of NASA who would say that they weren't part of a "collective"! I don't think that there is anyone who is a member of any fortune 500 company today who will tell you that their success isn't caused by the "collective" efforts of the entire company. You really need to go back to school and check your history. The UNITED States of America is by definition a "collective". Lastly, let's tackle the use of the term "sperm donor". I take offense to you slinging that name at me. I have been and never will be considered a "sperm donor". I am not sure if you read my statement, but I made a point to stress that my wife and I are the most important factors in my son's success. I did not attack you in my previous statement and throw names your way, so don't do it to me. In fact, I supported you and praised you for writing with some class. I guess your classiness has worn off.


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