Baron running for Bloomfield school board (Downtown Magazine, July 20, 2012)



by Lisa Brody, News Editor

07/20/2012 – Howard Baron, a retired Chrysler executive, has announced he is running for one of the three Bloomfield Hills School Board of Trustee seats that will appear on the November ballot.

A 21-year resident of Bloomfield Township, Baron said he became concerned about the combined high school debate over the last few years, and became involved in the community after retiring from Chrysler two years ago.

"I initially did not take sides in the high school debate but after reviewing documents and writing op-ed pieces, I then decided it was a better decision for the community and students to vote yes to unify the the two high schools," Baron said.

Following a contentious campaign, residents in the Bloomfield Hills Schools District overwhelming voted in May for a $58 million bond millage to unify the district's two high schools into one school facility on the current site of Andover high school.

This was the third time in the last decade voters were asked to approve a bond to pay for a plan to unify the district's two high schools, Andover and Lahser, into one high school to accommodate all of the district's high school students. A unified Bloomfield Hills High School with approximately 1,650 students, is planned to open in the fall of 2015.

Through a philosophy of educational excellence and fiscal responsibility, Baron said he wants to build upon the successes of the current board and continue the process of bringing the community together. "The district must continue to provide every student with the greatest opportunity to obtain a personalized world-class education," he said. "During these tough economic times, I will be able use my extensive (financial) background to help the district meet the current and future financial challenges that it faces."

In addition to his career at Chrysler, Baron also worked at Ford Motor Company. He has a B.S. in Management & Computer Science from MIT and an MBA from the University of Chicago.