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Milford Reacts to Defeated School Referendum

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MILFORD, Del. - The Milford School District is reevaluating its plan after a failed referendum Wednesday night.

Two different proposals were defeated. The first would have raised taxes in order to build a new middle school and the second would have covered operation costs for staff and programs.

Currently, Milford Middle School is closed because of poor building standards and needs to be demolished and replaced. The students have been displaced to Central Academy.

Superintendent Phyllis Kohel said the failed referendum is a disappointment.

"We do need a new school, we are overcrowded, the operations referendum would have helped immensely," she said. "We were absolutely disappointed, we understand it was probably a bad time to go out for a referendum."

Marvin Schelhouse, the President of the Milford Board of Education is helping Kohel make budget cuts, and they are starting immediately.

"I went to school here and my kids did, I have two grandchildren in school now, I'm concerned about them, one's in the 6th grade, one's in the 10th," he explained. "And I'm concerned about public education in general, we take a lot of hits."

The referendum called for property taxes in the district to be raised. Some people who voted no said the increase would have just been too much.

"Taxes are too high now, they want to up it again, and then when they get it up and running they're gonna want more money," he said. "I just don't think it's right, taxes are too high now."

The district technically cannot go to referendum again for six months, but Kohel said she has every intention of bringing it back to voters when it can.

"Hopefully we will come up with a way to inform those who voted no in a different fashion so that we can make sure that they understand the need," she explained.

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