Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 27, 2012

Another View: Public needs a say on bonds

First, Port Huron Area School District officials deserve some credit. When they asked district voters for a $22.8 million technology bond last year, they vowed to use the money cost-effectively.

Public officials always say that, but the Port Huron school district's leaders actually made good on that promise. Bids for the bond's top priority projects were lower than expected. Now the district has $1.7 million to spend.

A lot of folks didn't give the bond much hope of passing in a district battered by the effects of the poor economy and pretty much in line with the general resistance to new taxes. If school leaders want to make the best of the good will they've earned, they'll give district stakeholders — parents, teachers and students — a say on how the extra money should be spent. ...

Since the bond's purpose is to improve the district, it stands to reason that its stakeholders could contribute to discussions about what B-List priorities can do the most good. ...

The technology bond is a covenant between the school district and the community. Cooperating on the bond surplus could strengthen it.

-- Times-Herald (Port Huron)

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