Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Washtenaw Schools Millage Update

The Washtenaw Schools millage election on November 3rd is just a few weeks away. This millage will keep our schools open and help keep our community thriving.
The state still does not have a final budget, however, the House and Senate last week approved a School Aid Budget with a $165 per pupil cut in funding to local districts. This is in addition to the $15 million shortfall Ann Arbor is already predicting for the 2010-11 school year (and the $16 million in cuts the district has made over the past four years).

By law, our only option to raise revenue for our operating budget is to pass a millage with all the districts of the WISD. 100% of the money raised stays within Washtenaw County. The WISD does not receive any funds. Ann Arbor will receive more than $11 million annually for five years. Ann Arbor Schools, and our community, are stronger when the surrounding districts are on solid footing with strong school systems.

Want to get involved? We need help getting the word out before November 3rd. If you'd like to help canvas, please contact me Terri Brodkey at:, King millage building coordinator. If you are able to canvas just 2 hours, it could make a world of difference. Bring your kids along! I plan on bringing my three boys with me. Canvassing is 1-3 pm on: Saturday, October 24; Sunday, October 25; Saturday, October 31; and Sunday, November 1.

Note from King PTO: To allow the King Community to make their own decision as to how to vote on the WISD Millage Enhancement issue, the King PTO has decided to remain neutral and neither support nor oppose it. However, the King PTO will continue to include approved informational messages from outside organizations regarding the millage enhancement.