Monday, August 22, 2011

Another new school year brings promise, life changes

It is hard to believe a new school year is right around the corner. It seems like only yesterday we all were bemoaning a cold and wet spring, wondering when summer finally would arrive.

The greater Birmingham-Bloomfield area is blessed with outstanding schools, both public and private. Ask any Realtor what makes this area so attractive to prospective buyers and the quality of its schools surely will be at or near the top of the list.

But these are challenging times in Michigan, and our public schools are caught smack in the middle of the state’s continuing fiscal crisis. Budgets are tighter than ever, and tough decisions have to be made on a regular basis by those entrusted with educating our next generation of leaders.

In Bloomfield Hills, the community remains embroiled in controversy over how best to serve its declining high school population. In Birmingham, school leaders are struggling to maintain the excellent and diverse educational opportunities that have historically been offered to it students. The district continues to lose staff positions through attrition and maintaining a healthy class size is a top priority.

To help sort through the myriad issues facing our public schools, the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber is hosting our second-annual “Breakfast, Books and Buildings” program on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at the Birmingham Conference Center. The breakfast meeting, scheduled from 8-9:30 a.m., will feature state-of-the-school reports from Birmingham Public Schools Supt. Dr. David Larson, and Robert Glass, superintendent of Bloomfield Hills Public Schools. Following their reports, both leaders will engage the audience in a question and answer session moderated by Birmingham Eccentric Editor Greg Kowalski.

Sponsors include: Birmingham Bloomfield Credit Union and Axis Music Academy

To learn more about the program and register, visit the Chamber’s Web site at

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