Today is Election Day. This is your chance to vote for your future, and the future of your family.
I’m sure you already knew that; assuming your telephone has been ringing and your mailbox has been stuffed with campaign propaganda, like mine. I’m also assuming you already know a lot about the big political races for Governor to State Representative. But, you may not know as much about the Flat Rock school board candidates and a critical school funding issue on the ballot.
Here are my opinions of these ballot choices.
First, before I reveal any of my personal choices for this election I want to preface my comments with this: I think each and everyone of these candidates is qualified to serve on the school board and I thank them for having the courage and passion to run a political campaign. With that said, I think your choice (and mine listed here) is based on who you think can give your children the best educational opportunities in the future.
Frank Hamet and Amy Carter
Both of these candidates are running unopposed. I have had the pleasure of serving with them over the past year and endorse both for re-election.
(You can vote for both of these candidates on the back of your ballot, in the left column, at the bottom)
Cathy is a long time resident of Flat Rock. Her family has called Flat Rock home for generations, even before it was Flat Rock. This gives her a unique passion and perspective for our community schools.
I like that kind of knowledge and heritage on the School Board. However, what I think is the strongest testament for voting for Cathy was a phone conversation that took place several months ago.
Cathy called me very upset about a recent school board decision. We discussed the issue back and forth. Ultimately she was not happy, but she understood the process and I appreciated the passion. That’s when I asked her to consider running for the Flat Rock School Board—I’m glad she decided to run.
Cathy Kamin has my vote!
(You can vote for here on the back of your ballot, in the middle, at the top)
Sean is a friend and neighbor. Again, he is someone I encouraged to run.
Initially he was hesitant to run for the School Board because he had made a very hard decision, one he was sure would be unpopular with Flat Rock voters. His oldest son, who had gone to Flat Rock Schools since early elementary school, was entering High School and would not be going to Flat Rock High School. As parents concerned about the future opportunities of children, Sean and his wife felt Flat Rock High School did not make the grade.
I would have to agree. Let’s look at the numbers: Remember this chart (75% graduation rate), it was rated a D (still a C and not meeting Acceptable Yearly Process according to the State requirements), this year it was rated in the bottom 25 percentile of Michigan school, and we are shipping all of our College Prep students to Woodhaven High School.
I encouraged him to still run and help raise the expectations in the High School—for future High Schoolers in the community. And, so he doesn’t have to make the same hard decision for his younger son, currently attending Simpson Middle School.
It’s one thing to have pride in your community schools. It’s another to sacrifice your child’s future for that pride.
We have work to do at the High School. I’m glad Sean Ryan had the courage and commitment to help do the work.
Sean Ryan has my vote!
(You can vote for him on the back of your ballot, in the middle, at the top)
Michelle is the third candidate, running for the two positions. I have nothing disparaging to say about Michelle. Unfortunately, there are only two positions and three candidates.
Flat Rock Community Schools Operating Millage Renewal Proposal
Finally, this is a critical “Yes” vote you need to make on your ballot. It is non-homestead millage assessed on Commercial Property ONLY, not your homes. It is a mandatory commitment levied on the community to get the full per pupil State funding.
If this doesn’t pass Flat Rock Community Schools will have to make an additional $1.7 million cut in the operating budget (this is equivalent to last year’s budget cut).
(You can vote “Yes” for this proposal on the back, in the right column, at the topside of your ballot.)
Hopefully, this gives you a little more insight into your voting choices. Regardless of whom you vote for—PLEASE VOTE!
If you have any questions or want to know my perspective on other candidates or ballot issues give me a call today at 734-775-4487.