Letter: Clarification on Windham merger vote

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Editor of the Reformer,

I am writing to clarify the understanding of the West River Modified Unified Education District Board. The information regarding the actions of Windham were not included in the mailer regarding the June 11, 2019 WRMUED vote.

The voters of the Town of Windham voted on March 7, 2017 not to join the WRMUED 66-74. In subsequent votes on November 26, 2018 they voted 67-11 to give the Windham School Board the authority to close Windham Elementary School and sell the assets to the town before June 30, 2019. At Town Meeting on March 5, 2019 the vote to close the school and sell the assets was unanimously extended to June 30, 2020. Also, at Windham's Town Meeting in March of 2019, the attendees voted unanimously to ask the five towns that comprise the Leland & Gray Union School District to allow their withdrawal. The vote to pass the Windham Elementary School budget was also unanimous.

At the information meeting held in Windham on June 3, 2019 at an individual board member's request for a straw poll, a show of hands indicated a majority of people in attendance were not in favor of Windham joining the WRMUED.

Some other facts to consider regarding the June 11, 2019 vote. The vote to join the WRMUED is for the Pre-K to 6th grade students. Windham is already a member of the WRMUED for 7-12 students. Windham students in Kindergarten through grade 5 continue to attend Windham Elementary School unless they request to use the WRMUED school choice policy which allows students in elementary school to attend any of the elementary schools in the WRMUED. Windham students in grades 6 through 12 would attend Leland & Gray with state wide public high school choice in grades 9 to 12.

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The estimated tax rates show Windham tax payers receive a reduction in taxes of 30 cents per $100 in home value. Jamaica and Townshend taxpayers see an increase of one penny per $100 in home value. Newfane and Brookline have no tax impact.

Please join us for the final information meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at Leland & Gray in Townshend.

Joe Winrich

Chair, WRMUED

June 4


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