Marshfield Clinic endorses Nov. 8 school referendum
By Kris Leonhardt
MARSHFIELD — In a statement made today, Dr. Narayana Murali, Marshfield Clinic executive director, announced that the health care giant endorses and supports the $3 million referendum that will go to ballot Nov. 8 for those residing in the Marshfield School District.
“It’s not just important to the schools. It’s also important to the community as well as the Marshfield Clinic Health System as an organization,” said Murali. “The fundamental point is that when you look at all the different social determinants of health, education is one of the key determinants of health.
“The second is the school district is major economic engine to make this community healthy and vibrant, and, more importantly for us, … it is actually the key pillar in terms of recruiting and retaining the brightest.
“We’ve officially endorsed the position that we should vote ‘yes’ for the referendum, but then we expect people to vote by their beliefs, their social situations, and their conscience.
“At the end of the day, we want to provide care beyond the four walls of the Marshfield Clinic, and this is the right step to do it.”
In November voters in the Marshfield School District will go to the polls to determine whether or not levy limits are exceeded by $3 million for four years, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.