In early November, a group of concerned citizens came together to organize GP Tech Yes. As our school board was discussing whether or not to present voters with a ballot initiative to fund major upgrades in infrastructure and security throughout the district, we looked at the facts and recognized that teachers nationwide agree technology helps engage and involve students, test scores increase with the use of technology, and colleges across the country have already begun to incorporate digital instruction in their courses.
As a result, we organized to inform the Grosse Pointe community about the pressing need for major technology upgrades in our public schools, and to encourage all citizens to vote yes on the technology bond on February 25, 2014.
Our district has computers that are older than the elementary students using them, and a network that cannot sustain the technological demands of today’s classrooms. Our buildings are in need of such extensive upgrades that this work could not be paid for out of current funds without jeopardizing the financial stability of our district.
GP Tech Yes is a group of residents from all across Grosse Pointe who care about our community and know that healthy, highly-rated, competitive schools mean a strong, thriving community for us all. Some of us have children in the public schools; and some of us send our kids to private schools; some of us are teachers; some of us are graduates; some of us are retired; some of us are lifelong residents; and some of us just moved here recently. But we are all united in one thing: We all know that passing the technology bond on February 25, 2014 ensures that Grosse Pointe Public Schools will be equipped to teach its students today’s technology-dependent curriculum, and allow our reputation for being a sought after community to remain intact.
We would like to encourage you to get involved via our website and volunteer to host a lawn sign, work on the polls in February, write letters to the editor, and share your stories about technology in our schools. You can also lend your support by adding your name to the list of community organizations and prominent residents on our endorsement page and showing the community that you are behind the district’s efforts to provide a 21st Century education to all Grosse Pointe students. And if you want to own a piece of the movement to modernize our schools, we are now accepting donations to support our efforts.
However you choose to make your voice heard on this very important issue to our entire community, please mark your calendar and make sure to vote on February 25, 2014. The strength of our community has always depended on the strength of our schools. Grosse Pointe has a long history of recognizing this fact, and as a result, we have become one of the most sought after communities and school districts in Michigan. The passage of this bond is not only of the utmost importance to our students, but to all Grosse Pointe residents.
We ask that you visit our website, read the facts, and vote yes on the technology bond on February 25, 2014.