Traverse City Record-Eagle

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February 25, 2014

Letters to the Editor: 02/25/2014

Bad behavior

Property owners in the Elk Rapids school district are once again being asked to approve yet another new millage increase in the middle of winter after being told “no” just a few months ago.

With the “snowbirds” gone it’s a ruthless strategy that’s dishonest at its core by the very people that we trust to educate our kids and teach them values.

Bad behavior and poor judgment should not be rewarded.

Shame on the Elk Rapids School Board and its superintendent for thinking it should.

Vote “no” today.

Brian S. Kroll

Williamsburg

Get informed, involved

Thank you to the school board for the decision to keep Interlochen Elementary open.

We were disappointed by the loss of the last bond issue. We have always voted “yes” for school millage and bonds. We are educators who earned our master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Michigan and taught in Michigan as well as other states. We chose to retire in the Grand Traverse region particularly because of Interlochen Center for the Arts and Traverse City.

We have friends whose children attend Interlochen. We are aware of and appreciate the quality of Traverse City Area Public Schools and maintaining that is a critical priority.

We have heard many voters did not know the closing of a school might be a consequence of the vote failure. We would still have voted “yes” for the millage, but for others it might have made a difference. In addition, we discovered that many potential voters of Interlochen’s Green Lake Township are not even registered.

We challenge all TCAPS residents to get informed and involved in the bond issues and millages, but especially for residents of Interlochen (home to growing small businesses and Interlochen Center for the Arts) to get involved.

Jeannine and Stephen Chapman

Interlochen

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