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

Writer responds to anti-referendum letter

This is in response to a letter in the March 1 News Transcript written by Marilyn Eisenberg regarding the upcoming Marlboro Board of Education referendum.

The tax increase is based on the assessed value, not market value (how much a home sells for). Tax assessments are lower than the market value. The tax increase for both the Freehold Regional High School District and the Marlboro referendum will be $329 for an assessed home of $250,000; not $500 to $1,000 as stated in Ms. Eisenberg’s letter.

Concerning Ms. Eisenberg’s remarks to the timing of the Marlboro referendum on March 14, has she done a survey of the seniors in Marlboro? How does she know they are all "wintering in Florida"? Wouldn’t it have been better then to have this referendum in January? The seniors make up a small percentage of Marlboro’s population.

I also want to dispute Ms. Eisenberg’s capacity levels. I went over her figures with the information I received from the Board of Education and cannot find any way she came to her conclusions. There are two different capacity levels, functional and educational. They are not the same.

The educational capacity is what people really care about, the number of children in each classroom and the quality of education each child receives. We are now 777 children over the educational capacity of our school buildings.

The final note I would like to dispute is Ms. Eisenberg’s reference to Colts Neck’s proposed new school. Colts Neck is currently putting before their taxpayers a $17.7 million school. Ms. Eisenberg failed to mention that Colts Neck already owns the land and that the school will only house kindergarten to second grades. Fac-tor in land acquisition, and Colts Neck would be paying a lot more.

Also, the state mandates the size of the school buildings due to the size of the occupants. Therefore, the proposed new Marlboro middle school will have to be larger than one for kindergarten through second grade, as well as offer technology labs, science labs, lockers, etc. The people of Marlboro are really getting a bargain with this proposed middle school.

I hope Marlboro residents truly show how much they care about the future of our community by voting yes on March 14 and not let people like Ms. Eisenberg poison you with her falsehoods.

Lorie Terracciano

Marlboro