I am the career and technical education director for Ferndale Schools and a longtime resident of this community. Career and technical education is formerly known as vocational education. The support this community has shown to our career and technical education programs is amazing. I thank you and the students of Ferndale School District thank you. In the end, our children are the ones who benefit from community support.
As you consider your vote for a new high school, I would like to share a little about some of the road blocks we encounter in our current facilities. One of the largest problems is the lack of available data and power to upgrade our equipment. It is extremely important to update our equipment to keep pace with industry standards. An electrical engineer evaluated the power supply in the career and technical education building and it was found to be at maximum capacity. Another serious problem is the high water table that causes floods in our building during sustained rainy weather.
These types of problems are what happen over time. When built, the current facility was not designed to house the "high-tech" career and technical education programs we are teaching to prepare our students for the work places of today. We are the place nearly every child in Ferndale will complete their K-12 education.
I urge you to vote yes for the Ferndale schools' construction bond.