Letter to the editor: Two write in support of district’s operational referendum
I support the Marshfield School District operational referendum, not for any single program or teaching position that is in jeopardy but because of the comprehensive damage that cuts would inflict on our strong educational system. My own children benefited from the wonderful Marshfield public schools, and I am thankful that voters supported prior referendums.
After nearly 50 years of working with young people in Marshfield, I reflected on the ways that past students are contributing to a better Marshfield and beyond. Some are educators themselves, and others are ready to provide for our medical, legal, or financial concerns. Past students are growing healthy foods for our dinner tables, are providing repair work for our automobiles and homes, are promoting health and fitness for all ages, and are keeping Marshfield residents safe.
Whether they are serving in the military, providing beauty and culture for family enjoyment, building homes, or keeping us abreast of the news, they are helping to make the world a better place.
Did one curricular area or program fit the needs of all of the individuals? Not at all. It was the diversity and quality of our educational system that helped students develop their individual talents.
Thank you to the local business owners, large or small, who are supporting the referendum. Top-notch schools are important for a dependable work force and as a recruiting tool for potential employees and their families.
Our school district makes wise use of our tax dollars as evidenced by the Marshfield School District having one of the lowest tax rates in the area. I urge you to support the students of the Marshfield School District by voting “yes” in the referendum on Nov. 8.
Tuesday, Nov. 8, is an important day for our country and even more important for Marshfield. That Tuesday we will vote for the next president and for our citywide referendum. This referendum concerns the value of our schools and our respect for education. If passed, the referendum will allow our school district to continue being among the best in the state and pursue better education for the children of this historical city.
As a sophomore at the high school, I see the tremendous effort of our teachers every day. My peers and I have great appreciation for the work our district does to help us not only to prepare for college and practical life but also in making us useful citizens for our community and country.
However, if this referendum is not passed, classes will be merged, and clubs will be ended. We will no longer have several extracurricular activities that provide us with skills such as leadership, community outreach, and diverse learning with state and national competitions. Our high school will no longer be the pride of our district and state.
Students in Marshfield depend on the school district for our education and the experiences to prepare us for the future. Our city depends on the schools to attract new families and jobs. Most of all, our society depends on the education of the next generation. Please vote “yes” for the referendum so our district continues to produce the best students for the future of our city and country.