And from Michael Morton's article in the Milford Daily News:
While the School Committee commended Garelick Farms for its generosity, several members expressed unease about accepting a gift that only benefited a certain part of the district, particularly when cuts to staff and programs are being made.
Committee member Cora Armenio thanked Garelick but called the $18,000 an "11th-hour" proposal. "It's not one we've had the time to look at, ask questions and debate," she said. She also expressed concern that targeted gifts would lead to "special interest groups coming forward to fund their niche."
Committee member Ed Cafasso agreed.
"It's a risky precedent we're setting here, where we move from a public education system to an adopt-a-classroom system," he said. In approving the donations, the School Committee also decided to look at its policy for future targeted gifts.