Windham board not happy with merger plan

This article by Chris Mays originally appeared June 4 in the Brattleboro Reformer.

WINDHAM — Acting Vermont Secretary of Education Heather Bouchey and the Agency of Education are suggesting a merger for Windham Elementary School District, which has opposed one during earlier Act 46 talks.

“The secretary trusts that the community’s concern for the well-being of all their children will impel them eventually to embrace the opportunities of a unified structure and work together to improve educational opportunities and equity for all students in the region,” says a proposed plan released Friday by the agency.

The merger would mean Windham would have to join Jamaica, Townshend, NewBrook and Leland & Gray Union High School districts in the West River Modified Unified Union School District.

The agency said Windham’s K-6 average daily membership has fluctuated over the last five fiscal years, staying in the mid-teens except for 20 students in FY15.

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  1. $16 Million Property Tax Increase, Mandates for School District Consolidation. (H.361). Passed 88-55, April 1, 2015. Those voting YES on this bill approved a $16 million increase in school property taxes, setting the statewide homestead property tax rate at $0.98 (flat), and raising the nonresidential property tax rate to $1.525. The bill also placed mandates on school districts to consolidate into Pre-K- 12 districts of no fewer than 1100 students and put in place a complicated formula for capping school budgets, which could not be triggered until 2018. Those voting NO on H.361 saw this as a failure to answer the pleas of citizens for meaningful tax relief, while launching a serious assault on local control and the democratic process. PARTRIDGE – YES Carolyn Partridge(D) voted to shaft her own school district and now she is crying foul. What a hypocrite. Will her constituents hold her accountable?

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