Send a message by voting no on school referendum
am really surprised and disappointed to read the letter written by Geri Kaplan stating that the so-called opposition and the township government are not trying to help solve the school crisis that the Marlboro Board of Education has created. This shows how some people have formed their opinions based on the influence of the board and their limited knowledge of the overall situation.
First of all, I personally wrote a letter early last spring to (Superintendent) Dr. David Ab-bott and (board president) Carol Majonis offering my assistance. Six months later, I received a letter written by the board attorney with no indication that they wanted my help.
I have regularly attended Township Council meetings. The mayor and the council have shown sincere interest and concern in solving the school crisis but the board has refused to cooperate with them in finding the best solution for the children and residents of Marlboro.
The township officials are presently working with the state to attain the Marlboro State Hospital property that will provide land for schools.
The Marlboro Board of Edu-cation has created differences between the residents by blaming everyone except themselves and their poor planning for the current school crisis. If the board had worked with the residents and the township officials instead of working behind closed doors, the school crisis would have already been solved.
I urge the residents of Marl-boro to vote no on this referendum. Send the board a clear message that they need to solve this problem by working with, not against, the residents and the township government.
Board acting in haste on Marlboro referendum
There is no doubt that new school facilities are needed in Marlboro. Unfortunately, it is clear that the way to obtain this very necessary goal is not by way of the forthcoming ill-conceived and hastily orchestrated $42 million referendum, most particularly given the irresponsible manner the Marlboro Board of Education has gone about to accomplish this goal.
The referendum has several major flaws, including timing, engineering, costs, environmental concerns and safety. Its timing appears to have been done specifically to exclude a large and highly interested group from voting. It was voted to be placed on the ballot less than two months after approval by the school board at a cost of $20,000, when it easily could have been added to the normal April school board election ballot without any added expense.
It was recommended for public approval without full engineering, traffic or ongoing operating cost analyses. It received a highly critical review from the Planning Board based on lack of key information with regard to the site’s environmental, traffic safety and engineering problems.
The board has been fiscally irresponsible in only indicating a variety of potential tax increase amounts without disclosing additional operating expenses or the very probable cost of any on-site work associated with both toxic and non-toxic cleanup necessitated by possible previous dumping.
This problem has been with us for a number of years, and the board and administration have been given numerous school site choices over the past several years by the Township Council and have chosen to turn down far more desirable and less costly alternatives with little or no public input. Why the haste and lack of information on such an important and vital issue?
Writer says voters will do what’s right for kids
On March 14 my friends and neighbors in Marlboro will cast their votes in support of two new schools to accommodate an ever-increasing school enrollment.
Many seniors in our community have grandchildren who attend Marlboro’s schools and schools in other communities, and I truly believe that they will gladly support our efforts to give their grandchildren and all the children of Marlboro the wonderful education that they deserve.
The moms and dads of Little League, basketball, karate, PTA, "Mommy and Me," Scouts, swim club, day camp and religious school who have become like second parents to my children and extended families to my husband and me will gladly give the $1 a day average it will cost to build the early childhood learning center and new middle school for my children and theirs.
Those parents who have already raised their children and have sent them off to college and families of their own value the education the Marlboro schools gave to their children all those years ago and will support our efforts to do the same for ours.
I believe in my heart of hearts that the residents of Marlboro will turn their backs on the disgraceful NIMBY attitude that has permeated a small section of our town and send the opponents a clear message that supporting these schools means supporting our children. This community will vote yes to continue the fine tradition of quality education that the Marlboro schools have carried with pride for years.