LITTLE FALLS -- The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Board unanimously voted to support the upcoming Little Falls Community School's spring referendum.
"Endorsing the referendum is the right thing to do," Ted Pfohl, chairman of the chamber's board of directors, stated in a news release. "I am extremely pleased and excited that our board has made this statement. In the past, our board has had divergent opinions on referenda."
Pfohl stated the chamber has to take leadership in supporting the Little Falls Community School Board of Education, the administration, staff and community.
"It is necessary for us to stress the importance of education for the business climate of Little Falls," he said. "This goes beyond the funding of programs for our children, this is also about the viable economic future of Little Falls."
The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce currently has 316 members. The chamber acknowledges that this will affect property taxes for the community and chamber officials encouraged property owners to see the long-term implications of another referendum failing.
Chamber Executive Debora K. Boelz cited the need to have a strong educational system to attract and retain businesses.
"Businesses not only locate in communities that have a work-ready labor force, but needs to have a solid educational system for families to want to live here," Boelz said.
Boelz commented on the importance of before and after school activities for youth.
The Chamber Board of Directors stated a requirement for a prosperous Little Falls community is the rebuilding of the Little Falls Community Schools.
Pfohl said separating the school district from the community was not something that could be afforded. "... Without positive community efforts, we will no longer have the Little Falls Community Schools. Simply put, the community will disappear."
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