Bob Sutcliffe, ‘will be voting YES on the referendum’

By Bob Sutcliffe
Retired Milford School District administrator

Members of the Greater Milford Community:

As retired people, Carol and I will be voting YES on the referendum to support the education of children of the Milford School District on May 5th. We feel it is our civic duty to do so. We hope that you support that view, as well. As former educators, we believe strongly that the education our children receive here must prepare them for challenging higher education and/or work anywhere in the highly technological world in which we live.

In addition, our property values are enhanced by a quality school system.

The facts and background supporting this plan are fully explained on the website. I would like to point out that the process to develop this plan was extensive and involved many people in the district and the greater community. Comparatively speaking, our real estate tax increase will fund 30 percent of the construction of a new high school and our state taxes will fund approximately 70 percent. Current operations money is needed, because the state has cut certain program funding and required unfunded mandates for other services. In spite of building two new schools during the past few years, students are still experiencing overcrowded conditions, because the state required the old middle school to be closed due to the age and condition of the building. The overcrowding will be alleviated by building a new high school, which many of the surrounding communities have already done.

There is not sufficient space here to adequately address all aspects and concerns about a complex plan such as this. Please visit the website. If you have any questions after that, please attend one of the public sessions that the school district is providing.

If as a community, we support a quality education for our young people, then we should vote YES on May 5th.

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