Dear Bloomfield Hills Schools Community,
I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones well. I want to thank you for your patience and adaptability as we navigate the remainder of the school year. Learning and growing as our district maneuvers through these new challenges has made us stronger, and it is clear that flexibility and innovation will be the keys to moving forward. If anything, Covid-19 has reminded us how much we rely on our schools not only for education, but for a sense of community and as a social outlet.
While Bloomfield Hills Schools remains focused on managing the shifting landscape of our current international crisis, it’s important that we continue to concentrate on our long term goals to grow and innovate, allowing us to maintain our standards of educational excellence that have always been priorities of the entire Bloomfield community. Prior to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Board of Education and I approved a bond proposal that will address facilities, safety, and technology needs. Taking care of these needs is essential for promoting our district as a premier leader in education well into the 21st century.
The facilities plan is based on several years’ assessments of our aging pre Kindergarten-8th grade school buildings, which have not had comprehensive major upgrades since original construction between 1957 and 1968. The bond proposal was also conceptualized to right-size grade cohort sizes, which will ensure the array of programming and student choice essential to Bloomfield. Now more than ever, it has become clear that updated facilities, including security and technological infrastructure, are crucial to accommodate the rapidly changing environment in which we are educating children and adults.
After much consideration, the Board of Education and I have decided that it is in the best interest of the entire community to proceed with the bond proposal. It is scheduled for the August 4th ballot. It is yet to be determined by the governor whether this will be a traditional or an absentee-only election, and we will keep you updated as decisions are made. Please refer to our bond proposal website www.bloomfield.org/bond which has more information on the historical background and details of the proposal. The website will be updated with scheduled virtual informational meetings, questions and comments, and voting information from the state, county, and precincts.
Please continue to stay healthy, stay safe, and stay connected. On behalf of the Board of Education and the entire Bloomfield Hills Schools staff, we are all very grateful for your support, kindness, and feedback. We are anxiously awaiting the day we can interact in a less remote forum.