Dearborn Public Schools Millage Renewal on November Ballot

Hold Harmless Millage Basic Information

Hold Harmless Millage Basic Information Arabic Translation

Dearborn Public Schools Millage Renewal on November Ballot

One-fifth of the district’s budget at stake

The Dearborn Public Schools invites all community members to attend a special informational meeting on either Wednesday, October 15 or Monday, October 20.

The meetings to provide information about the Hold Harmless Millage RENEWAL on the ballot of the upcoming election will start at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Board Room at the school district’s Administrative Service Center, 18700 Audette, Dearborn, 48124.

The Hold Harmless Millage provides approximately $40 million of the district’s $180 million budget. It will expire in the spring of 2015. The district is asking residents to RENEW this millage for another 10 years.  This is not an increase or new tax, only a RENEWAL of an existing millage.

The Hold Harmless millage was first approved by voters in 1995 then renewed in 2004. The millage is made up of two parts: 18 mills on business and commercial property, generating $27.8 million and 6.17 mills on homeowners, generating $11.5 million. Combined, the Hold Harmless Millage generates $39.3 million or 22% of the District’s total $178.7 million budget.

Clearly, a 22% reduction in the budget would force the administration and Board of Education to make dramatic reductions across the spectrum of opportunities now offered to students. Services such as busing, programs such as art, music, and sports, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and numerous elective classes would come under scrutiny and might need to be cut or drastically reduced.

Additional information can be found on a special Hold Harmless Renewal website http://holdharmless.dearbornschools.org or by calling the Dearborn Public Schools Communications Office at 827-3006.

06 HHR Comm Meet

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014 Student Daily Bulletin

Quote for the day

“Ladies and gentlemen, I have a grave announcement to make. Incredible as it may seem, strange beings who landed in New Jersey tonight are the vanguard of an invading army from Mars.”

~Orson Welles (1915–1984), U.S. filmmaker, actor, producer.

The quote above is from the radio play “War of the Worlds,” first broadcast on this date in 1938, on CBS and based on the original story by H.G. Wells (1898), “The War of the Worlds.” Listeners who missed the beginning of the broadcast were convinced the US had been invaded by aliens and panic swept the country.  Click on the link in the quote to hear the original broadcast produced and read by Orson Welles. Click on this link for an entry on the History Channel’s website for more information about the Halloween joke that turned into a nationwide scare.