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.

 

Update From The Stamford Interstate District Committee

June 27, 2017 Update

On June 21, 2017, Representative Laura Sibilia filed a short bill in support of an interstate district between Stamford, Vermont and Clarksburg, Massachusetts.  This bill will be reviewed by the Vermont legislature’s education sub-committee and will then be moved forward with recommendations at the full convening later in the year/early in 2018.  Prior to this time, the Stamford committee will be working with local and state representatives in both Vermont and Massachusetts to continue to develop details about the potential merger.  We anticipate July and August being very busy months.  More to come.

 

Post Vote Message From The Stamford Interstate District Committee

Stamford Interstate District
Act 46 Alternative Exploration Committee

June 1, 2017

Dear Community Member,

We would like to begin by thanking each and every person who was able to vote and/or inform the process of guiding the Act 46 next steps. Your interest and engagement are much appreciated.

Thank you to the Stamford School Board for their continued support of this work. We look forward to our future conversations and planning in the days, weeks and months to come.

Yesterday’s vote was the beginning of a longer process, one that will define the direction in which Stamford goes with regard to educating the students of our community. As a working group we will spend the next few weeks gathering additional information. We look forward to working with the local and state representatives on the legal and legislative process required to develop a plan for Stamford to move forward within the regulations outlined through Act 46, communicating with Clarksburg and the Massachusetts local and state representatives, the Board/Department of Education for each state, and seeking to answer the unanswered questions people have posed along the way.

The most important part of our work will be communicating with everyone. We will be designing a communication strategy and publicizing that information. There will be several avenues for sharing findings and messages and we will remain open to suggestions. Just as we wish to have all of the facts before outlining next steps, so must everyone else. We will be setting up and expanding our web presence and providing an email channel as well as organizing a phone call system to share information as we receive input from all interested parties.

So again, thank you. As a group, we (the School Board and our sub-committee) asked for more time and on May 31st you granted it. Now we will go to work using it wisely, gainfully, and purposefully.

Respectfully,

Colleen Cahoon, Kelly Holland, Katelyn Millard, Kim Roberts-Morandi, and Jen Ryan Act 46 Alternative Exploration Committee

 

Interstate School District Communication

Dear Residents,
Click here to view a letter regarding work a group of us have been working on since March, 2017.  We ask that you read it carefully and consider supporting our “Vote No on Act 46” request.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Respectfully,
Colleen Cahoon, Kelly Holland, Katelyn Millard, Kim Roberts-Morandi, and Jen Ryan

Stamford Interstate District Exploration Committee

Interstate School District

Here is iBerkshires.com’s reporting from last nights informational meeting from the Interstate School District committee.

Tonight will be another informational meeting hosted by the Stamford School Board.

StamfordVT.org hopes foster a relationship with the Interstate School District Committee. More information will be posted here if / when such a relationship is formed.