Milford voters reject operating levy

Milford voters once again derailed an attempt to pass an operating levy, this time by around 450 votes. In all, 5,698 voters cast their vote against the levy, while 5,243 voiced their support of the emergency levy.

“The only thing I can say is it’s a sad state for the community as a whole,” said Milford School Board Member David Yockey. “The first effect would be abandoning neighborhood schools and going to grade level buildings as a means of saving money. It’s unlikely that we will ever be able to go back to that simply because there will probably never be a time when the district will have that extra money laying around to go back to that, even though the district believes that it’s the best way of educating students.”

The neighborhood schools program is designed to bus students from a certain neighborhood to a school located in their neighborhood. Educating children grades kindergarten through sixth, the neighborhood schools are designed around smaller class sizes and neighborhood lifestyles.

Now though, that concept will be replaced with grade level schools where each neighborhood school will be changed into a grade specific school, such as becoming a school for grades five and six, allowing more children to be placed in one classroom and saving money.