The New Milford Democratic candidates for the Board of Education have issued a statement about the schools:

"Schools must prepare students for life in the 21st century," the statement reads.

"The board should continue to assure the safety of our students and to move slowly considering changes in grade configuration and the closing a primary school.

"The board must be mindful of town resources as it develops the next school budget."

The Democrats' candidates are Elizabeth Finney, Dr. Larry Stillman and Bob Coppola.