Letter: Thank you for supporting Windham's autonomy

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Editor of the Reformer,

On behalf of the Windham Elementary School Board, I would like to thank the voters of the Leland & Gray Union Middle/High School District for voting no on the forced merger of our small, geographically-isolated school into the West River Modified Union Education District. This vote allows our school to continue to provide a high-quality education to the children of Windham, honor the signed contracts with our teachers, and give time for the lawsuit in which we are involved to resolve itself.

The true meaning of what we do at the Windham School hit home when I went to the school this morning to add the words "Thank You" to the sandwich board in the front yard advertising our graduation celebration tonight. The children, from the youngest to the oldest, and teachers were all in the multi-purpose room rehearsing their songs for tonight and the sound was wonderful. The children are taught to develop their own voices but sing together in a unified, harmonious way. Isn't this what we truly want for our communities?

While we are taking a moment to celebrate and be thankful for our win, we are also aware that there will be another vote in the next month or so to allow us to leave the Leland & Gray Union Middle/High School District, but that is a topic for another Letter to the Editor or Op-Ed piece. For now, we thank the voters of the towns of Brookline, Jamaica, Newfane, Townshend, and Windham for respecting our vote to not merge and for your support of allowing us to remain autonomous.

Sincerely,

State Rep. Carolyn Partridge

D-Windham-3, June 13

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