Editor’s note: This commentary is by Jodi Normandeau, of Dummerston, a former school board member and chair who attended or watched videos of all local study committees and school board meetings pertaining to Act 46.
Act 46 has many unintended consequences. At least I hope they are unintended. One of the most unfortunate consequence is the potential breakup of very well operating supervisory unions that have been working well together for many years to serve all of their students. This is happening all over the state but I am mostly aware of two supervisory unions in our area; Windham Southeast Supervisory Union (WSESU) and Windham Central Supervisory Union (WCSU).
WSESU has been in the 706b study committee mode since last November. The local school boards thought they were joining a study committee to thoroughly study all of the many options. They were not told that they could do an exploratory study and involve all of the communities before joining the formal study committee. Nor were they told that once on it, they cannot get out or change a town’s study committee representative. This caused quite a division between towns and the study committee.
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