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Monday, July 18, 2011

Illegal recall Rick Snyder reference on the CCS district website on 6/18/11

The school district was notified of the planned recall petition signing earlier in the week by a resident.  The district was also told about the posting to the website before the first day of the event on 6/17.   The recall group arrived at Pine Knob Elementary School on Sashabaw Rd on 6/17 with large signs.  The group was never told to leave the site on 6/17/11.  A resident saw the group at the school and called the district on 6/17 around 9AM.  He left his name, complaint, and phone # with the district.  He still has not heard a word from the district.  He also talked to a recall worker at the school and was told that their group never asked for permission from the school district, and that they never heard anything from the school district about not being welcome on school property for the recall petition signing.  Even though the school district had advance knowledge that the recall group would be there and had it posted to their website before hand.  He believes the district called the police on the recall group on the second day (6/18) because of the pressure they were getting from the press.  

I was told that there was no signage on site at the school that said, nor did any of the recall workers refer to themselves, as the "Oakland County Recall Rick Snyder group", although the district referred to the group as the "Oakland County recall Rick Snyder group" on the district website even before they arrived at the school to start getting petitions signed.  That information could only be found on the website.  He said that Dr. Rock has admitted to "instructing his staff to post a disclaimer on the website."  If that were true, then Dr. Rock was using school personnel to post disclaimer information he had researched on the firericksnyder website about an event that violated school policy.  Why was he researching this website, posting this on the district website, and not preventing the event from occurring?

Copied Text From Clarkston Community Schools website 6/18/2011 (after day one of the petition signing on 6/17/11 and a day before the planned third day of signing on 6/19/11)   It was actually on the district website for several days before the first signature collection day of 6/17. 

Clarkston Community Schools is NOT endorsing nor has scheduled an event at Pine Knob Elementary School where the "Oakland County Recall Rick Snyder" group is asking residents to sign their petition. 


Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of 8,100 students. Our 2003 Bond helped us reconfigure our grade level structure to serve students in more age-appropriate settings.  We made a commitment to raise the academic bar to an even higher standard, while working to keep our youngsters from "growing up too fast."  We now have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves 10th-12th grade students.

Our high school facility includes state-of-the-art technology, a Performing Arts Center, Olympic-sized pool and top-notch athletic facilities.  In 2006, we opened a brand new Early Childhood Center.

The school district has maintained a strong vision for the future, and even during these tough economic times, the district has continued to offer a rigorous curriculum and increase programs to better serve the community.  Clarkston offers Free Full Day Kindergarten, a Young Fives Kindergarten and a Half-Day Kindergarten option.  The district now offers an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at the high school level.  Our Science, Math and Technology Academy (CSMTech) serves accepted 9th-12th grade students from around Oakland and neighboring counties and we offer 13 Advanced Placement courses.

Rigorous, highly comprehensive curricular offerings enable our students to prepare for future success.  Clarkston's reputation as an outstanding school district is well established:  We have two national Blue Ribbon schools and six others have earned Michigan Exemplary Blue Ribbon school status; Clarkston was recently named as Forbes Magazine's Top Suburbs to Live Well, citing our graduation rates and class sizes; our MEAP scores and Education YES! grades are among the best in Oakland County; and last year alone, our graduates earned over $5 million in scholarships.

The 36-square-mile area surrounding the quaint village of Clarkston offers the beauty of country living with the conveniences of a modern city.  With a wonderful Parks and Recreation department, as well as the county park (Independence Oaks) within its limits, Clarkston offers families ample leisure time activities.

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