Letter: Falmouth voters should decide value of all-day K

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I’m writing to say how disappointed I am in the four Falmouth town councilors who continue to make public kindergarten an ongoing issue in the passage of the fiscal 2012 school budget. Their opinions are based on nothing more than misguided fiscal and education principles that completely miss the long-term strategic goals of the Falmouth community, especially the goals of the many new families that generated the need for larger school facilities at the K-5 level in the first place.

As a former city-dweller who studied and discussed the ongoing policy and planning challenges in various Maine communities while attending the Muskie School of Public Service, I have the utmost respect for volunteer town councilors and School Board members. With the recent statements of some of the town councilors, who maintain dated views about education, community development and fiscal policy, these councilors currently threaten to derail the good work of the School Board and Falmouth’s hard-earned reputation as one of the best school systems in the state. As a Falmouth citizen, who had to borrow funds to have one child in private full-day kindergarten and another soon to be, I simply ask the dissenting councilors to respect the work of the School Board and have the people decide whether or not to support the budget that was carefully constructed following the many other reductions that have already been made to the school budget to appease the Town Council.

Daniel Olds