Letter to the editor: Marshfield Teachers’ Association explains a ‘no’ vote on referendum
On Nov. 8 citizens will face a referendum for our public schools, and we need our community to become informed. A “no” vote means fewer electives for middle and high school students, larger class sizes at all levels, a weakened ability to attract and retain quality teachers, fewer counseling services during a time when society demands more mental health services, a reduction in gifted and talented services, fewer athletic opportunities for kids, and other severe cuts that affect students.
On the Marshfield School District’s webpage, statistics show Marshfield continues to be a high-performing, low-spending district when compared with others in the area. The site also posts the list of cuts that, make no mistake, will happen if citizens vote no. Simply put, the Marshfield School District will no longer be Marshfield.
The Marshfield Teachers’ Association and the district’s support personnel have long advocated for the success of all of our students in our community, and we continue to be extremely proud of the education our community helps us provide for everyone. Each and every day we strive for improving the quality of education for all students. Our public system draws families to Marshfield, ultimately improving Marshfield’s economic and social growth.
If the recent headlines have concerned you, we encourage you to speak with school board members, administration, teachers, and parents. As an association, although differences may arise, the students in our system always come first. This referendum is first and foremost about students. Please vote yes.
Marshfield Teachers’ Association