Schoolcraft College hosts ballot proposal Q & A sessions
By Chantele Fox, Staff Writer
Schoolcraft College will have a proposal on the ballot during the upcoming elections Nov. 6 which will restore the millage for the college for the next 10 years. Community colleges receive their funding by means of local property tax, in addition to tuition and state appropriations. Currently, as a result of economic factors, the annual funding for Schoolcraft College has declined. The ballot initiative is seeking to restore the millage of the College in order to maintain upkeep and maintenance throughout the campus, free community events, free resources to the students of Schoolcraft, make necessary upgrades to classrooms and buildings, and much more. For more information on the ballot proposal, visit schoolcraftconnection.com/2018/04/16/restoring-millage/.
Moreover, in an effort to raise awareness amongst the student population at Schoolcraft College, as well as the community, the Omicron Iota Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has dedicated their 2018 College Project to supporting the Schoolcraft Ballot Proposal. Such efforts have included providing literature and resources about the proposal, reaching out to the student body via classroom visits to speak to students directly, and various events out in the community.
In part with their efforts to support the ballot initiative, Phi Theta Kappa has been motivating unregistered voters to become registered by means of TurboVote. TurboVote does more than provide a simplistic method of registering to vote, it gives voters polling information, upcoming elections and reminders. The deadline for voter registration is Oct. 9. For more information pertaining to TurboVote, please visit www.schoolcraft.turbovote.org.
Schoolcraft will be hosting Q & A Sessions pertaining to the ballot proposal Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. until noon and Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. and will be held in the Wilson Room- W205 of the VisTaTech Center. Seating for these two events is limited, therefore, interested students should RSVP to the Student Activities Office by calling 734-462-4422. Students who attend the full session will be entered to win a $20 gift card. Phi Theta Kappa members will earn a quarter STAR per hour of attendance.
“Attendees can expect factual information pertaining to the Schoolcraft Ballot Proposal and the election Nov. 6,” said Phi Theta Kappa Omicron Iota Chapter President Steffanie Hills. “We will have a discussion about how the proposal affects our campus, tuition and the community.”
Students will hear from Schoolcraft President Dr. Conway Jeffress as he discusses a more in-depth understanding of the issue, references to revenue resources and the current situation of the College, and the cost to the average homeowner. President Jeffress will answer questions and listen to concerns from students, providing them with factual information to better understand the ballot initiative and to ensure they are prepared as the Midterm Elections grow near.
“The students are the primary beneficiaries in this millage and this event will give students the opportunity to ask questions regarding the ballot proposal,” said President Jeffress. “Schoolcraft College is an important community asset, and students will be able to hear about what the school is doing to provide you with top notch educational opportunities and to strengthen our region for everyone. It is chance for them to voice their opinions about the programmatic and financial affairs of the College.”
To RSVP for one of the Q & A Ballot Proposal Sessions call 734-462-4422.