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To the Editor:

On Jan. 15, Gov. Granholm announced that the State School Aid Fund faces a $127 million deficit this year.

As a Defer School parent and Grosse Pointe taxpayer, I would suggest that our board office might consider some of the Birmingham Schools' recent cost-cutting measures (Detroit Free Press, Jan. 27): Lower school thermostats by 2 degrees, reduce all supply budgets by 5 percent, freeze conference attendance, and reduce professional development.

I would also like to know how much the school district is paying for its new automated message system. Is it really necessary to alert parents to the fact that the safety patrol won't be on duty because of the cold or to the fact that my child has an upcoming half day?

How did we cope before the advent of such a wonderful technological advance? Oh, now I remember. We didn't have 14 half days of school a year so parents were quite capable of keeping track of when their children should be in school.

I am quite certain my suggestions will be ignored as were the many suggestions the board received last year. But, as they say, "Hope springs eternal."

Mary Ellen Kaiser

Grosse Pointe Park

Mary Ellen Kaiser
January 30, 2003

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