The new school year is off to a great start. Thanks to the generous support of the Milford community students in grades 3-12 will all have laptops this year; we have a beautiful new playground at Memorial School and an outdoor classroom at Brookside. Milford High School was recently declared an Official Special Olympics National Banner Unified Champion School by Special Olympics International, one of only 10 schools in Massachusetts and 131 schools nationwide to achieve this status.
As we enter our second year of the district’s strategic plan we continue to expand our programs and services to meet the diverse needs of our students. Our focus on social and emotional learning and the wide array of academic, athletic and extracurricular opportunities across the district provides our children with a holistic educational experience.
Over the next few months a member of our community is planning to request a cut to the school budget. This is shortsighted and irresponsible. Despite what he would have us think, rankings and test scores do not tell the overall story of how a child’s experience in school is preparing him/her for life. Such results — the results that matter most — must be evaluated by parents and teachers along the way, using a multitude of tools, of which a standardized test score is only one.
I’m proud of the work being done by our administrators and teachers who are working hard, strategically, and purposefully to prepare our children for the future. I’m proud of our students who work tirelessly to succeed and make the most of the opportunities in front of them and I’m proud of our community members who not only support our schools financially but choose to get involved and partner with our teachers and administrators in a productive way.
If we truly wish to continue making progress and strengthen our schools we must all work collaboratively to support our students and provide the necessary resources.