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.

Faith Vidolin

Marlboro

Referendum provides a long-term solution

As a resident of Marlboro and the mother of a second-grader, I’d like to take this opportunity to ask the citizens of Marlboro to come out and support the March 14 referendum and vote yes for the children of Marlboro.

We can debate forever on the "best" location and the need for a middle school vs. an elementary school, but there can be no debate that the schools are already bursting at the seams, that turning schools into trailer parks is unacceptable, or that teachers cannot have the same impact on a group of 28-32 students as they do on smaller groups.

New housing continues throughout Marlboro and will result in ongoing student population growth; the space crisis is not a short-term issue. We need long-term solutions and we need them now.

I moved to Marlboro for the quality of life and the quality of education. There is nothing more important that I can do with my hard-earned money than be willing to pay additional tax dollars to ensure the educational opportunities for my child and all the children of Marlboro.

We need to act now and we need to recognize the devastating impact for our children should this space crisis go unresolved. More trailers and split sessions are not acceptable alternatives. Please let your voice be heard, go to the polls and tell our children and educators that you care.

Andrea Miller

Marlboro

Residents support Marlboro school referendum

I have lived in Marlboro for 20 years. Both my son, a sophomore in college, and my daughter, a sophomore in high school, went to Marlboro Elementary School and Marlboro Middle School. I do not live in one of the neighborhoods where the proposed schools are to be built. My wife is a teacher in a Marlboro elementary school.

My wife and I are both voting yes on March 14. Am I totally satisfied with the referendum? No, I’m not. However, the fact is, we desperately need both schools.

Our children, like children everywhere, are our lifeblood. To hold them hostage because of politics and "nimbyism" is reprehensible. To send letters to our senior citizens, inflating costs so that they will vote no, is deplorable.

I’ve seen a lot in my 20 years here, including a municipal election with more mud than a ballfield after a torrential downpour. But trying to stop this referendum by any and all means and punishing our children takes the cake.

Vote yes on March 14.

Marvin Garber

Marlboro