Meetings planned for L&G study committee

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TOWNSHEND >> The October meeting for the Act 46 Leland and Gray Towns Study Committee for the towns of Brookline, Jamaica, Newfane, Townshend, and Windham is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. at Leland & Gray Union Middle & High School. Meetings are held in the school library, and are, by Vermont law, open public meetings.

There are two meetings scheduled for next month, Nov. 2 and Nov. 16.

The proposed agenda for the Oct. 19 meeting includes plans to review and discuss proposed articles for the report with John Everitt, a consultant who has been contracted to work with the group. Through the Vermont School Boards Association, Everitt has worked with several Vermont school districts on governance studies. In prior meetings, the principals of the schools in the four of the five towns made overview presentations to the committee about their schools. At the upcoming meeting, Deborah Leggott, the principal of Townshend Elementary School will present information about the administration, curriculum and activities at that school. The full agenda for the meeting is posted on the Study Committee's blogsite at www.wcsu-lgtowns.blogspot.com.

Residents, taxpayers and voters have several options if they wish to keep informed about the progress of the work that the Study Committee is doing for these five towns. One way to keep up to date is to attend the meetings. In addition, voters may sign up for periodic email news about the Study Committee by sending their name, address and email address to this email: wcsu.media@windhamcentral.org.

A third way to stay informed is to visit the newly created blog at www.wcsu-lgtowns.blogspot.com. This website contains the full minutes of every meeting, links to video tapings of the meetings, the full schedule of upcoming meetings, a page of Frequently Asked Questions, and a page of links to valuable information and articles about Act 46. Visitors to the blog may submit questions by email, which the Committee will answer and may post. Members of their local Front Porch Forums will also see the Committee's meeting schedule as a calendar event.

The study committee members, all volunteers, are: from Townshend-—Joe Winrich, Chairperson, Brud Sanderson, Heidi Russ, and Kris Jerz; from Brookline—Erin Zargo and Sherry Greene; from Newfane—Emily Long, Kelli Warriner, Ken McFadden, Neil Pelsue; from Jamaica—Drew Hazelton, Patti Dickson, and Pam Tweedy; from Windham—Carolyn Partridge.

Vermont's Act 46 is an act relating to making amendments to education funding, education spending, and education governance. The Act 46 Study Committee is comprised of community members from five towns who serve the towns in a variety of capacities and who were tasked with working towards an agreement that will form a new educational school district for these towns that meets the goals of Vermont's Act 46—to provide better and more educational opportunities for students in these three towns. To complete the work on an expedited schedule, meetings have been held twice a month.


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