This article by Susan Smallheer originally appeared Oct. 23 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
WINDHAM — Voters in Windham will be asked next month if they want to close the Windham School if the state Board of Education follows through on threats to force the tiny school into a merger with other West River valley schools.
A special school district meeting will be held Nov. 26; an informational meeting on the Act 46 controversy will be held on Monday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. at the school.
“It’s important for people to understand the intricacies,” said Carolyn Partridge, chairwoman of the Windham School Board.
Partridge, who is also a state representative, said the board had originally hoped to have a townwide vote on election day, Nov. 6, but because of incorrect information from the Vermont Secretary of State’s office, the proper warning of a special vote wasn’t followed, putting a timely vote in danger.
Under the potential plan, Windham students would be tuitioned to area schools, at a cost of about $15,500 per pupil, the statewide tuition figure.
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