Clarksburg Tables Discussion on Interstate School District

From iBerkshires.com

In lieu of waiting for comments to be approved, the new town forum page might be a good location for any discussion on this topic.

[Clarksburg Voters] Shot down the article to allow the town to enter into an agreement with Stamford after two members of the School Committee angrily objected, saying they had only learned about the article that afternoon.

“We were unaware that this was even on there,” Chairwoman Patricia Prengruber said, adding that no one from the School Committee had been invited to any meetings or told of any decisions.

McKinney said the wording had come from the Legislature’s general counsel and was being submitted to seek to grant money for a study. The town and Stamford have had informal discussions about forming an
interstate district that were prompted by changes in educational groupings in Vermont.

“We’ve been working on this for quite some time. This is not to enter into an agreement, this is to allow us to negotiate an agreement,” McKinney said. A home-rule petition had to been submitted before the town could do anything, he said, and not submitting would mean no grant money and push any further action another six to 18 months out.

School officials, however, said no negotiations or decisions should be made without the School Committee being part of them. Prengruber motioned for the article to be tabled for review, which passed with only a few hands in opposition.