Resolution to Submit Operating Millage Restoration Proposal (April 28, 2022)
Resolution Opposing "Let MI Kids Learn" Voucher Initiative (April 28, 2022)
Resolution in Support of the IDEA Full Funding Act (February 24, 2022)
Gun Safety Resolution (December 16, 2021)
Eradicate Racism Resolution (June 25, 2020)
On August 2, 2022, voters in Bloomfield Hills Schools will be asked to consider a proposal to restore the Non-homestead Operating Millage. This proposal would restore and increase the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be levied by the Bloomfield Hills Schools for general operating purposes by 2.00 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempt by law. This authority, if approved and combined with the School District’s other unexpired authorization, would allow the School District to continue to levy the statutory limit of 18.00 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempt by law, in the event of future Headlee rollbacks.
- Required for Bloomfield Hills Schools to receive full revenue per pupil.
- The majority of families in Bloomfield Hills Schools qualify for the Principal Residence Exemption and will not be affected by the restoration of 2 mills.
- The tax rate for Non Principal Residence Exemption properties (like business and rental property owners) will not increase. For a business with a taxable value of property established at $200,000, the tax cost would be $3,600 ($200,000 x 18 mills ÷ 1,000), the same tax rate applied today.
- No levy increase, current tax rate (18 mills) since 2000.
That the Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education opposes the “Let MI Kids Learn” and “Student Opportunity Scholarship” statutory initiatives being solicited by the organization called “Let MI Kids Learn” and urges community members to decline to sign the petitions for the initiatives. The Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education calls upon the Legislature to reject the statutory initiatives in the event they are presented to the Legislature and in the event they do not reject the statutory initiatives, to refrain from voting on them, to allow the citizens of Michigan to vote on the matte
A copy of this resolution be sent to: (1) all elected members of the Michigan House of Representatives and Michigan State Senate who represent the Bloomfield Hills School District, (2) the leadership of the Michigan House of Representatives and Michigan Senate, and (3) to the Michigan Association of School Boards.
Recognizing the need for a strong investment in the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), the Bloomfield Hills Board of Education adopted a resolution in support of the Congressional IDEA Full Funding Act.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was first enacted in 1975 to help ensure that all students with disabilities will have access to a free appropriate public education. However, since the enactment of the IDEA, the current federal investment in IDEA is less than 14 percent while districts face a growing number of students affected with multiple disabilities and demand for greater resources.
Bloomfield Hills Schools joins public school districts across the country in supporting the IDEA Full Funding Act which will help strengthen the federal investment in special education by authorizing a ten year plan to fully fund the federal share of IDEA. Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education urges Congress’ strong bipartisan support for and passage of the IDEA Full Funding Act.
At the December 16, 2021 Board of Education meeting, the Board unanimously voted in favor of a resolution to periodically disseminate materials stressing the importance of secure storage of firearms and to include this information in the online registration process. As a part of this plan, parents and guardians will now be prompted to acknowledge that they have read and reviewed the gun safety materials while completing the annual school registration.
“We are proud to take the first of many steps needed to keep our students and all people safe from the tragic consequences of gun violence,” said Jennifer Matlow, Board of Education Acting President, on behalf of the full Board of Education.
This move is a response to staggering statistics such as:
- Rates of death from firearms among ages 14 to 17 are now 22.5% higher than motor vehicle-related death rates. In the U.S., middle and high school age children are now more likely to die as the result of a firearm injury than from any other single cause of death.1
- According to a report from the US Secret Service, in incidents of gun violence on school grounds, 76% of attackers acquired a firearm from the home of a parent or another close relative.2
- Every year, roughly 350 children under the age of 18 unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else.3
- Nearly 22,000 Americans die by firearm suicide every year — including over 950 children and teens.4
- Research indicates that 47% of firearm owners who have children living in their homes do not safely store at least one of their weapons.5
- Evidence strongly suggests that secure firearm storage is an essential component to any effective strategy to keep our community safe.6
- David C. Grossman et al., “Gun Storage Practices and Risk of Youth Suicide and Unintentional Firearm Injuries,” JAMA 293, no. 6 (2005): 707–14,
During the June 25, 2020 Board of Education meeting, the Board unanimously voted in favor of a resolution to eradicate racism and create more equitable and inclusive schools for all children. This resolution was co-created with the Student Inequity Task Force. This task force is comprised of students who spent their personal time identifying and exploring areas where the district needs to improve upon.
This resolution is in response to the climate of racism and oppression in the nation with the goal of bringing awareness and uplifting a community of diverse students. The Board’s resolution states that the Board of Education believes that schools play a vital role in combatting racism and also declares that Black Lives Matter. The district commits to utilizing intentional words and actionable steps to address racism and inequities at Bloomfield Hills Schools.
Actionable items following this resolution include:
- The Board directs its Policy Committee to revise the current equity policy to strengthen our district’s equity policy in order to eliminate the effects of racism on our marginalized students and staff.
- The Board directs its Board Instructional Committee to develop and/or revise policies and protocols integrating additional content that decolonizes the curriculum, that is racially and culturally literate into the curriculum and within the school buildings.
- The Board directs the district to recognize and honor Indigenous Peoples contributions and the impact that history has had on their heritage within our curriculum.
- The Board will seek to reduce incidents of hate and bias by requiring anti-racism training for staff while also committing to address and appropriately handle incidents that are reported. The board also asks the Superintendent to work with the staff on creating learning spaces that encourage open discussions around race and racism.
- The Board requires that all reports of racist and discriminatory language, attitudes, behaviors, and actions in our schools are responded to with respect to the reporter, expeditiously, and with due diligence in investigation, and commit to educating students on the impact of their actions and seeing to their full understanding of the harm they have committed.
- We recognize that students of all ages are able to talk about race and the impacts of racism, and commit to implement anti-racist programs starting at elementary school.
The district realizes that this work is ongoing and there is still much to do. We thank our students for sharing their perspectives and commend them for expressing a commitment to building and supporting anti-racist culture.