Referendum will have long reaching effects

Rev. Dr. Tom Pasmore

In just a week, we, the residents in the Milford School District, will be voting in a referendum on the future of our children’s education. It’s a decision that has long reaching effects and will determine whether our schools will have the capability to achieve excellence or will continue to struggle with issues of overcrowding and lack of access to current technology.

As I have studied both sides of the referendum, I’ve had to wrestle with the potential added hit to our family’s pocket book. Life happens when you have a house full of children and things like glasses and braces, and extra-curricular activities all come with price tags attached. But what’s the value of a quality education to our children? My most fervent prayers are for God to work in my kids’ lives to allow them to become well educated, well adjusted, productive, compassionate, loving adults who are willing to take responsibility for themselves and their own decisions. I think, ultimately, that’s what all of us want for our children. We want our children to succeed in their careers and in their lives, and it takes a solid well-rounded education to make it happen.

In addition, what’s the value of a quality education to our community? In order for Milford to be a first-class town and a regional center for business and the arts, then we have to have first-class schools. Nothing stops perspective employers from investing in a community faster than the lack of educational opportunities for employees and their families. I certainly want these opportunities for our children, but I also want the added benefits that enhance life in this community.

If we are truly committed to the principle of a quality education for our children, then we have to be committed to the needs of our local district. If we are really interested in building a strong and vital community, then we need to provide the resources to help our teachers and our children succeed. Please vote yes for the referendum on May 5.

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