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Milford School Referendum Scheduled for May

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MILFORD, Del. - The building blocks for a new school are in motion. The Milford School Board officially signed off on the ballot questions for a May referendum, in which they are calling for local funds to pay for a brand new high school at the cost of $69 million. That would include almost $21 million, which would be paid for with funds raised through the referendum.

The school is looking to purchase a 191 acre plot of land, off of the northbound lane of 113 in Milford. That land would be used for a new 1,400 student high school. This would free up the current Milford High School, to be used as a Junior High School for 7th and 8th graders. Meanwhile the Milford Central Academy would service 5th and 6th graders.

Lastly students in 4th grade and below would be spread across the three elementary schools. Superintendent Phyllis Kohel said that this change is needed in order to deal with overcrowding.

"We need to do something to be able to offer our students the best resources that we can possibly offer," she said. "And unfortunately that comes through a referendum."

The cost of $21 million, would be covered over three years, which at it's highest point would mean a tax increase of approximately $19/month for the average household. Kohel said that the cost is crucial for providing a good service to the students.

"Every building we have with the exception of Morris Early Childhood is over capacity," she said. 

The costs do have some residents concerned. That includes Anthony Steiner of Milford, who said many senior citizens are concerned because he said they get all costs, and no benefits.

"With my age group we are probably against it," he said. "Because my children are grown."

Steiner said that he would be voting no on any tax increase. However some other residents like mother Lorie Nolasco of Milford said that she would be voting for the funding.

"Nobody likes taxes," she said. "Nobody likes raised taxes. Not even rich people do. But if you are going to appropriate the funds for the kids to have a better space in their school and if it will accommodate more kids in your school to get a better education, then I'm in."

The referendum will be held on May 5th. This follows a similar attempt to pass a referendum last year, which failed in Milford.

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