Vic Moigis for School board - More answers & clarifications



It is apparent that many want to continue with a school board where group think will continue to be the order of the day.     I don't! 

To the extent you know me through my Patch postings, you know I believe our academic core is still very weak and should be improved quite substantially.  A few specific examples include: 

  1. Increasing the number of core subjects to 22+.
  2. Substantially augment core subjects we have in place. For example, Chemistry should not just be Elements of Chemistry but Inorganic Chemistry. This is just an example mind you.


I don’t think we can provide everything to everyone.  I relate this to a lake a mile wide and 1 foot deep (except this corner where we have a deep hole - consider our A.P. classes.)  Shouldn't the lake be deeper all around? 

Regarding the bond issue, I see this as a consequence of poor administrative policies over the years. We need a new building now because I consider that our fiscal and financial administration was not up to the job.  When put to a vote, I found that a bond issue was necessary because of poor earlier decisions. 

This does beg the question of, "Where were the other candidates during the years while this problem was developing?"  Some have been campaigning for a new school while allowing the existing facilities to deteriorate; akin to a self-fulfilling prophesy. 

We are repeatedly told the other candidates are well qualified.  Fine.  But I certainly consider myself at least as qualified as the current candidates.  Why?  If in my career I had allowed my departments to deteriorate to the point that our school buildings have (or our products had fallen so much behind our competition's - read: students achievements vis-a-vis those of some other national districts or countries) I would not have lasted a "New York minute." 

Allow me to finish by stating that: 

  1. I have studied K-12 in three countries as well as college and have been keeping abreast of educational issues for over 60 years. I don't consider myself an expert - but I am a fast learner.
  2. I do not support the academic issues being discussed in Lansing.  While the objective is laudable (raising our children to be able to compete with foreign students at an equal K-12 level), the strategy is flawed for several reasons that I don't want to review in this venue.
  3. My Chairmanship of the Troy Public Schools Citizens Curriculum Committee (in 1976-77) was mentioned to show my interest in public education and for no other reason. 


I thank you for your questions and I look forward to an opportunity to sit down with many of you in the near future. 

Best personal regards, 

Vic Moigis

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Amy Cardin November 03, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Mr. Moigis, I thank you for your desire to serve our school community. While I have never met you in person, I attended the LOWV candidate forum and have read with great interest your blogs here on the Patch. With all due respect, we need school board members that can hit the ground running on day one. Regardless of how "fast a study" you are, we need a group of elected trustees that are already up to speed. In my mind, those candidates are Ingrid Day, Howard Baron and either Joan Berndt or Rob Herner. Three of these four have been sitting board members, intimately involved in all aspects of the BHSD, and the fourth, Mr. Baron has spent the better part of two years attending every community partnership meeting, many of the study sessions and board meetings. He is ready to lead now. Please vote for individuals that are proven leaders. Please vote for leaders that will move our district forward and continue the education excellence we've worked so hard to achieve in our district. Please vote for candidates that have students as priority ONE. Please vote for Day, Baron and either Berndt or Herner.
W. F. Moigis (Vic) November 04, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Dear Ms. Cardin, I don't have a problem with the support you provide to your candidates. What I am curious about is the the part where you state the the candidates should hit the ground running on day one. Have you asked yourself what these candidates have done over these last years to ask our residents to support a bond issue for $150.MM (+/-) and then have to reduce it to less than half of that? These are your candidates that were at the helm here Ms. Cardin! Anyway, I wish you all the best. Kind regards, Vic Moigis
Jon November 04, 2012 at 10:02 PM
None of the candidates proposed a $150.MM bond issue.
MsMaidstone November 04, 2012 at 11:35 PM
No one talked about the need to "hit the ground running" when Herner and Berndt were appointed...guesss that's not important when the board selects you and exempts you from the test of public election. They had a nice two year learning curve. To now use that argument to knock Moigis and Greenwell is the height of demagoguery.
Mac November 04, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Neither Mr. Herner nor Ms. Berndt was claiming they should unset an effective incumbent. They were filling an empty seat.


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