MILFORD, Del.- Voters in the Milford School District are heading to the polls Tuesday for a school operations referendum.
Superintendent of Schools Phyllis Kohel said that over the past three years the district has had to draw approximately $1.2 million per year out of its required reserve in order to meet all of its financial obligations. However, she said that even after cutting building budgets, the operations budget and the athletic budget by 30 percent across the board, eliminating some athletic programs, renegotiating the School Resource Officer contracts, and more, the district is still operating in a deficit.
According to Kohel, if the referendum passes, the district will address its current budget deficit of roughly $1.2 million, support student safety and restore curriculum and program reductions made as a result of budget constraints. She said it would also assist with the recruitment and retention of teachers by adjusting local salary supplements, support increased operational costs including energy and fuel, support the expansion and/or creation of programs as space will allow, and replace outdated technology in classrooms and maintain current technology
The referendum vote will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Evelyn L. Morris Early Childhood Center, Benjamin Banneker Elementary School and Milford High School.