Letter: Windham is not seeking acceptance

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Editor of the Reformer,

To set the record straight and clarify any confusion, the Windham School District is NOT seeking acceptance by the West River Modified Unified Education District (WR MUED).

On May 3, the WR MUED Board decided to hold an ad hoc meeting on Monday, May 6 to decide on whether to warn a vote to accept Windham as part of the WR MUED, which is to be decided by Australian Ballot by the voters of the school districts of Jamaica, Townshend, Brookline, Newfane, and Windham on June 11. The request to amend the wording of the warning from "accepting Windham" to "forcing Windham" to join that evening was rejected. This meeting was video-recorded and can be viewed at brattleborotv.org.

As it stands, in its Town Meeting in March of 2017, the Windham voters rejected the inclusion in the WR MUED.

At Town Meeting in March of this year, the Windham voters unanimously accepted the FY 2020 school budget and the teachers' contracts have been signed. Windham is one of more than 30 districts currently involved in a law suit that questions the legality and constitutionality of the forced taking of properties which is at stake should Windham be forced to merge with the WR MUED. In other words, if the Windham district is made to join, all school assets and property will be controlled by the WR MUED Board on which Windham will have one (1) vote.

What happened to the democratic process? And where does it end if towns can be forced to give up their school, assets, and property?

Antje Ruppert

Windham School Board member

May 19

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