Thank you, Milford!

Here’s a huge thank you to all those in the Milford school district for passing the operating levy!  We greatly appreciate your trust in the school board and administration to manage your hard-earned money properly, and our teachers and staff to provide a high-quality education to your children.  I know the tax increase from the levy is a financial sacrifice for everyone, and for some it will be a significant hardship.  I wish there had been a different solution, but the state put us in an untenable position:  either cut valuable and necessary programs and services, or ask the community to make up the funding they cut from our budget.

The district promised this levy will last at least three years.  As long as I am on the school board, I promise to work to stretch these funds as far as possible.  We will also continue to seek out other sources of revenue and new options to run our business more efficiently.

For now, the good news is there will be no more reductions to what we offer.  Unfortunately, the reductions made after the November levy failed will stay in place; thankfully, we were able to find options that made a relatively small impact on our students.  The levy will not allow us to add any programs or services, but we will continue the path we are on, refining what we are providing with the goal of continuing to improve the quality of education.

Thank you again for your support.  As always, please feel free to get in touch with any questions, concerns, ideas, etc.

Go Eagles!

2 Responses to “Thank you, Milford!”

  1. Gina B. Says:

    You know, more people would be happy to pay extra for educating our children. However, when we see ball fields and tennis courts being built, it is a little harder to see the money actually going to education rather than extracurricular expenses. Yes, the levy passed but there are a lot of people who will suffer financially because of it. So, let’s concentrate on using that money to actually improve the scores of our students and move away from unnecessary activities.

  2. andreabrady Says:

    Hi Gina,
    This money does go to the classroom – it allows us to keep what we are currently providing, less the reductions that were made following the November levy, that will go into effect next school year.

    I’d like to clarify something re: the athletic fields. That money was bond money, which is very different than operating money. We are not permitted by law to use that money for operations. We can use it for building and facilities, some technology (that will last longer than 10 years), and repairs (longer than 10 years). We could not have used that money for anything to do with day-to-day costs, which is what this operating levy is for.

    Also, the Athletic Boosters generously helped us pay for the athletic fields. Everything we did, including the soccer field improvements came to about $850,000. The Boosters paid half of that – a little over $425,000 – toward the project. That was huge, and allowed us to do more than we would have otherwise.

    I know this hurts many people; everyone in the district is very aware of that. We will make sure this money stretches as long as possible, and we are dedicated to continuing to see our performance scores increase. I served on the curriculum committee last year, and the dedication our directors & superintendent have to working with teachers to improve delivery & student reception is extremely impressive. They care, and they are constantly working to find new & better ways to reach our students.

    I appreciate your comment. If you have other comments or questions, please feel free to post or email me.

    Andrea

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