A letter from School Board candidate Larry Brown

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Wow! Milton could have 2.65 fire stations for one year's worth of school. Yep. And, one unicorn could weigh as much as 2.65 Leprechauns. But, no matter where you put the decimal point that's the kind of math that splits a community apart -- my fire station is more important than your school. The fact is that the fire station is not an operating budget. It's a capital expense. We need them both and that's how I plan to vote.

The fact is we're a long way from simple rural life. The simple days of open air fire trucks will not come back. The simple days of pull down maps and chalk tray dust will not come back. Today Nomex suits, hi-tech foam and air packs are saving community lives. Today the war zones of the civil war in Syria and the ancient borders of Alexander's empire can flash across a Chromebook screen faster than you can read this sentence.

The fact is we are a long way from simple budgets. Every municipal budget deals with multiple State and Federal mandates; an alphabet soup of ADA, DES, DOL, DOT, EPA and the IRS. The school district faces the additional program certification and compliance costs for all grants, Medicaid, Special Ed, every IEP and absolute privacy protections for student medical and educational records.

For over a decade, as member or chair of the Budget Committee, I have worked to set out and recommend budgets that meet the prudent and necessary costs of Town and School alike. This year the School Board will face many tasks but it still has only one job - to make sure that every child makes it out of childhood with the skills they need for adult life: for employment for their personal lives, for the civic life of our community. It is a goal I support and a job I will give my best efforts to if elected. Vote Tuesday 3/8/16 - 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church. Thank you for your consideration.

- Larry Brown

Candidate for School Board

Milton, NH

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