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Statement From Milford Supt. Kohel after Referendum Defeat

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With the loss of the referendum, we will be forced to make further cuts throughout the district. We spent most of the day looking at programs and positions that we could either not fill or cut. Currently, we have two teaching positions that will not be filled along with a secretarial and custodial position. We are also cutting an administrative level position, Director of Teaching and Learning, and the responsibilities of that position will be shared among a number of us. We have also put a freeze on hiring until we get a better handle on our enrollment for next year. This is just a beginning; we will have to make additional cuts in athletics, clubs, and extra-curricular programs in the coming days.

I wish to thank everyone in the community who supported us in our efforts to pass both a construction and operations referendum. No one wants to see his/her taxes raised, but that's the only means that the district has of raising funds, and I would not be doing my job if I didn't do what I think is right for the district and our students. Going out for a second referendum was in no way a sign of disregard for this community's opinions based on the first referendum, as one gentleman said to me today. It is out of respect for our district, our parents, and our students that we needed to “try again.” Unfortunately, we will now be forced to make some deep cuts that can affect our teachers and our students, and I wish to apologize to them for what the future might hold. The only thing that could help us now would be support for an operations referendum. The district can sustain itself for one more year without calling on the State for assistance. That's sad; especially for a district that has done everything that it can to do the best with what it has.

- Supt. Phyllis Kohel, MILFORD SCHOOL DISTRICT

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