VERNON >> School Board members voted to leave the Act 46 Study Committee formed within the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union.
"We looked at this as being harmful to the towns on many levels," said Mike Hebert, Vernon Elementary School Board chairman and state representative. "We looked at it and consulted with the Select Board and they're standing firm with the School Board on this."
On Monday night, the School Board went into executive session. According to unapproved minutes, the board cited "confidential attorney-client communication made for purposes of providing professional legal services to the district with regard to the Act 46 Study Committee and potential contracts where the board finds that premature public knowledge would place the district at a substantial disadvantage."
The Select Board was invited to join the executive session and no action was taken until board members came out of it.
Then a motion — for Vernon School District "to withdraw immediately from the Act 46 Study Committee and Vernon School District shall not be a member of any Act 46 district in which Vernon is only an advisable district" — was approved by all four School Board members. The School Board plans to fill a vacancy at its next meeting after Marylynn Scherlin was elected delinquent tax collector and School Board member during elections in March. She cannot hold both positions.
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