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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-09-27

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A vote for JULIE BEATY
is a vote for our future


Dear Community Friends,

I am passionate about the quality of education in West Bloomfield School
District. Our children are the future of our country and exceptional education is
the key to their success. Having been brought up in a home where education
was a priority, I chose to continue this legacy by running for WB School Board.
My main priorities are to provide students an excellent education, manage the
budget, maintain an open dialogue with state legislators, and attract and retain
first-rate educators and administrators. I recognize good schools are not only
important to those who have school-aged children; but the reputation of our
district is imperative to the value of our homes. I am dedicated to maintaining
and improving the appeal of our community. We are proud to raise our children
in West Bloomfield and look forward to future generations moving here.

Eagle Appeal Fails;
Sale Moves Forward

Please join the following individuals in voting for me, Julie Beaty for

West Bloomfield School Board Trustee!

David Tisdale
Jeff Cauley
Nick Hersh
Alan Gildenberg
Kevin Goldman
Aaron Fogarasi
Avery Murav
Randi Sakwa
Bruce Tobin
Raman Singh
Matt Chase
David Einstandig
Jeff Sakwa
Steve Kaplan

Sidney Rubin
Robert Kalman
Mike Zubrzycki
Sandy Colvin
Sara Denawetz Ward
Kelly Denawetz
Heather Ladouceur
Laurie Horvath
Liz Isenberg
Carl Rose
Laura Mesner
Tiffany Montgomery
Sheryl Bienstock
Jeff Barker

Lisa Kaplan
Ellen Simmons
Stacy Brickman
Kay Gorny
Steven David
Carrie Krauthamer
Rebecca lngber
Mellissa Stark
Nancy Cooper
Stephanie Niehof
Rita Margherio
Cindy Zate
Jill Gurfinkel
Pat Watson

Kathy Sheiko
Christy Forhan
Barb Demarco
Paul Tabor
Jan Tabor
Stuart Sakwa
Michael Tobin
Jay Colvin
Barry Zate
Liz Zubrzycki
Carrie Krauthamer
Frank Campanelli
Christina Losey
Brian Flaggs

Julie Beaty: Committed, Independent & the Voice of Our Community

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September 27 • 2012


Don Cohen

Contributing Writer


he sale of the former Eagle
Elementary School by
the Farmington Public
Schools (FPS) to the Islamic Cultural
Association (ICA) moved forward
Friday, Sept. 20, when the Michigan
Court of Appeals reaffirmed a Circuit
Court decision that the plaintiffs
bringing the lawsuit did not have
standing to do so.
The ruling, if not appealed to
the Michigan Supreme Court by
Farmington Hills resident and real
estate professional Melvin Sternfeld,
will move the issue squarely into West
Bloomfield Township. (Co-plaintiff
Eugene Greenstein of Farmington Hills
did not join the appeal.)
An Aug. 13 joint meeting of the
township's wetland and planning com-
mission boards ran five hours as resi-
dents and others had their say at the
public hearing portion of the meeting.
The wetlands board held an onsite visit
to the property on Sept. 9, accompanied
by about two dozen community mem-
The next consideration of the ICAs
plans will be at a public hearing before
the West Bloomfield Zoning Board of
Appeals at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
According to the township's senior
planner, Sara Roediger, the board inter-
prets the zoning laws and decides on
waiver requests in addition to hearing
appeals. She says the township's attor-
neys recommended having the Zoning
Board of Appeals address issues raised

at the August meeting — including the
height of the minaret and dome atop
the mosque portion of the building,
the size of the setback from the street
and the fencing separating the property
from its neighbors — prior to the previ-
ously scheduled joint meeting of the
wetlands and zoning boards at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 23.
The school district has claimed
that it followed district policy and the
law in its handling of the sale, while
opponents contend that negotiating
with the ICA while not advertising
the property for sale and conduct-
ing business as if the building was to
be demolished were both illegal and
If there is no appeal of the Sept. 20
appeals court decision, the ICA will
get the deed to the property and the
FPS will collect the $1.1 million dollars
they asked for the property. Currently,
both the deed and dollars are being
held in escrow.
On another front, the sale could
still be at issue if Michigan Attorney
General Bill Schuette agrees to con-
vene a grand jury to investigate the
sale as requested by the Thomas More
Law Center of Ann Arbor. The center
claims the school district did not fol-
low state law and its own bylaws, and
alleges corruption in the district and
that the ICA is linked to terrorism.
While some have raised concerns
about the school district and the ICA,
some residents and community groups
have charged that animosity toward
Muslims is at the core of the opposi-
tion to the sale.

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