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  •  If you went to school (1+ / 0-)
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    with a Romney grandson, you and I might share a high school, but one of the Romney grandson's was in my younger brother's class, not mine.  I went to school with Al Kaline's kid.

    And yeah,  they are awesome public schools.  I understand that Lahser and Andover are now merging into one mega school.  You don't really need to go to Cranbrook except for the elitist factor there.

    Did you also grow up telling people you lived in 'a suburb of Detroit'?

    •  Yup, I went to Lahser. (0+ / 0-)

      The Lahser/Andover merging situation is still in flux; we hope that the latest millage proposal will pass (either in May or November), but it's iffy because they've tried 3 times before (with lousy plans) all of which have failed.

      The new plan is fantastic and well thought-out, but some in this area just refuse to increase their millage no matter what (what else is new, right?).

      Yes, I do tell people I live in "a suburb of Detroit" but only because anyone outside of Michigan doesn't know shit about the state besides " and crime, right?"

      •  I tended to tell people (1+ / 0-)
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        that because of the 'eye roll and smirk' when you just flat out announced you were from Bloomfield Hills to people from other parts of the state.  If it was somewhere out of state,  there wasn't the same reaction. The best reaction about location though was when I visiting out of the country while living in Chicago, and the people got all excited about 'Al Capone'.

        Lahser alum here, too.   People have gotten odd.   They just don't see the value of investing in the future.

        •  If you're interested in learning more about it... (1+ / 0-)
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          Basically, both of the building have fallen into horrible shape--there's reports of rat droppings coming through the ceiling, leaky roofs, rusting pipes, etc--and, at the same time, neither one has ever really been to code, because they just kept adding on sections and grandfathering in the regulations.

          In the meantime, due to the aging population, there's not enough students to support 2 buildings. When I went there, each one had around 1,200 students. Now they're down to around 800-900, and it's expected to drop a bit more over the next decade or so.

          •  thanks for the link (1+ / 0-)
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            I have looked at the Lahser website, never the combined Bloomfield Hills site.

            The school buildings are old, and it takes a lot of money to refurbish fifty plus year old buildings.  And no, I didn't just say a high school I went to when it was fairly new is fifty years old.   I can not wrap my brain (forgive the pun) around the idea that things I knew when young are half a century old or more.  

            On the other hand, being a boomer, this is not the first, and may not be the last school built for students who no longer live in the area as the population aged out.

            I hope that the folks now appreciate what it means to a community to have their school system acknowledged to be one of the best, not just in their state, but the whole nation.

            If people don't want or can't afford private schools at the level of Cranbrook, then they need to remember what college admissions officers look at.   What's the point of the kind of relative wealth concentrated in that distict if you mess up your kids?  In fact, at that point, no local taxes are needed, might as well have revenue sharing for all school districts.  I find the financing of schools by local taxes to have fairness problems, but the reality allows rich communities to have better schools.  If the rich are too stupid to educate their kids at the level they can afford,  they might as well be educating someone else's better.

            •  Oh, I should clarify... (1+ / 0-)
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              The link I sent isn't an "official" link for the new school; it just goes to the site for the organization that's trying to promote the YES vote on the upcoming millage to approve the new school.

              There's another citizens' group that's opposed to the millage, of course: Bloomfield 20/20, which also tried (unsuccessfully, thankfully) to recall the entire school board last year, even the ones who had nothing to do with the previous (bad) plan, since they weren't even elected until after it went on the 2010 ballot:

              •  that kind of recall (1+ / 0-)
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                is voter intimidation organized by people who know they are wrong.  Have to live with it,  voters have rights.  Although the general run of jerks in those kind of groups would accord none if they actually won.

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