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Novi resident supports Walled Lake's school bond proposal
10/28/13 by Torry Yu

As a recent graduate of the Walled Lake Consolidated Schools and Novi resident living within the Walled Lake School boundaries, I ask my community to approve the district’s Safety, Security, and Technology Bond on November 5, 2013, which would protect our students while they are at school after a number of tragic events in the past year that occurred within schools across the nation.

With about 2,000 Novi residents making up a large percentage of Walled Lake’s 15,000+ student body, two elementary schools located within Novi city limits (Hickory Woods & Meadowbrook), and two secondary schools located across from city boundaries (James R. Geisler Middle & Walled Lake Western High), these improvements are crucial to keeping the entire community safe and increased home values.

This bond is part of a three-phase plan that began in December 2012. The first phase included locking all exterior doors and hiring temporary door monitors to check-in visitors. The second phase included installing security buzz-in system at each entrance of the district’s 19 schools and 5 support facilities. The third phase includes the approval of this parent-driven and are not wish-list items, but based on need. With this 30-year bond, totaling $67.5 million, the Walled Lake Schools will be able to do minor construction so all school visitors must walk into the main office prior to gaining access to the main building, installing interior & exterior surveillance cameras, installing keyless access for doors, replace analog clocks & phone systems, replace public address systems, fire alarms, and security alarms.

Buses are also being purchased under this bond as many have well surpassed their life expectancy. Many community members and former transportation employees have raised the question regarding the purchase of buses and despite transportation services being contracted to Dean Transportation this past summer, the Walled Lake Schools will continue to maintain the transportation facility, the buses, and the fuel (due to consortium pricing). Per requests, the contract for Dean Transportation stating that Walled Lake will own the buses is posted on the district’s website, www.wlcsd.org, under the 2013 Bond page.

In terms of technology, the district would be able to provide classrooms with interactive white boards, among other things that are new within the 30-year timespan that students would use on a daily basis.

I encourage a YES vote on this important bond as a recent graduate, resident, volunteer, and future educator of the Walled Lake Consolidated School District.

More information, videos, a list of projects to be completed at each school, endorsements and more are posted on the district's website.

Sincerely,

Torry Yu
Novi Resident