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Board of Ed Negotiates on Residency Officer in Milford Schools

Milford Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Feser had proposed a .5 residency officer, but the Board of Ed negotiated to set aside funds for a contracted employee.

 

Rather than adding a .5 Residency Officer (as in a 1/2 time employee) to the Milford Schools staff, the Board of Education voted to spend $10,000 in 2013-2014 to contract a private investigator to look into cases in which a student may be purporting him or herself to be a Milford resident while actually living outside the city limits.

Assistant Superintendent Michael Cummings noted that of the 120 students likely to be investigated, half to one-third of those students "turn out not to be of issue."

The Board of Education agreed to the $10,000 in funding and noted that they would revisit the need for a Residency Officer next year.

Concerned Parent January 25, 2013 at 02:29 PM
So is the MBOE proposing spending 10K to hire Magnum PI just to check out if any students are illegally attending our schools? This sounds more like a job for the authorities rather than the school system. I guess there's a not of extra discretionary spending in that new budget.
David Chesler January 25, 2013 at 03:06 PM
This issue tends to stick in my craw for two reasons: Personally when I moved here it wasn't enough that I had a notarized affidavit that I really lived here (it certainly wasn't enough that I had a recorded deed), one school wouldn't accept anything less than a notarization with a raised seal. (That's a tradition but not a requirement.) The City Clerk's office won't notarize Bd of Ed documents so I had to make a few trips until that office was open and the notary was in. Notarization doesn't prove anything, it just (like certain signs in another thread) gives them more to charge you with if you lied. Even with it, and showing up at the schools in person the days before school started (we'd only closed the week before) my kids missed a few days at the opening of the school year before everything could be approved. Would it have hurt to send them through classes (a big bonus, hard enough to switch schools in the upper grades, and we went through a lot of expense and effort to be here legally and physically for that first day) until things go sorted out? The City Clerk didn't notarize my property tax bill, think I can tell them I won't pay it until they get the form correct? But isn't this a clear example of NIMBY limousine liberal hypocrisy? A public education is a social good and a right of children (see Claremont v. NH), just like healthcare. Until we're asked to educate a child whose connection here is only tenuous, that child should be left behind.
RONALD M GOLDWYN January 27, 2013 at 04:15 AM
If needed lt them work on commission instead, just like a bounty hunter if that is what you want.

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