* Originally posted on Front Porch Forum
I have deep concerns about the process being used to make the decisions on the future, or lack thereof, of schools in our district.
My concern is that the information the Board and the residents of the district are using is vastly incomplete, and coming almost entirely through the Superintendent's office, which clearly has an intention of driving a particular decision.
The Board is being asked to make a life changing decision for the hundreds of families across the entire district without seeing a written proposal, or independent financial information. The Board cannot give informed consent without information!
I am asking the district Board to inform the Superintendent's office that it will not consider voting on anything until they have seen and discussed with their constituents, a formal, written proposal with independently sourced, and verifiable financial information, including complete costs of facilities and transportation incurred by these proposals, with comparisons to current expenditures.
We also need to know, in great detail, and with long term projections what "repurposing" means, other than avoiding a vote on closing schools.
I am also voicing my objections to the bizarre timing of breaking all this out during this time of unprecedented pressure and distraction on the people in the district . How can we be expected to make a clear decision about the entire future of our towns at this time? It is hard not to think of it as deliberately making it difficult for the community to engage, and looks just as faulty as the rest of this process.
The survey the district is using to measure community opinion is not a survey at all. It is a classic push poll, designed to drive responses to predetermined outcomes and should be discarded along with any 'results'.
One has to look no further than the completely anti democratic process by which it only takes one town to veto the votes of every other town in the district to see that Act 46 is custom designed to remove the voices of voters and towns in order to achieve predetermined goals.
The legislature completely ducked the hard questions about how to properly finance the education system and is forcing towns into impossible decisions.
We need to pressure our legislators and be willing to replace them if they won't address this problem at the state level this session.
Until these concerns can be addressed , I implore the Board to refuse a vote.