There is going to be a very important vote on July 12 in Whitingham and Wilmington. It is not just the education of our children now but for future generations. We will be locked in for many years. It will be so expensive that we could not go back if we wanted to. I would hate to see this very important decision made by a handful of people.
Please, read the booklet. I am sure you will have many questions. Ask a board member and then vote. No matter which way the vote goes it will affect Whitingham for years to come.
We don’t have to be the smallest, stand alone high school in the state of Vermont. We do not have to compete with the surrounding towns that have school choice. We can have that ourselves. The right education for the best cost for each child.
Extra curricular activities, sport programs, and distance to games or other events should not enter into the decision. The question should only be about how to get the best education at a cost that young families and seniors on a fixed income can possibly afford. We are not going to be bombarded with young families with children moving in to help with this problem. No jobs in Whitingham, remember?
Will we ever have a great or superior education in Whitingham? Whitingham does not have the means to go with option A and B is not much better. In one option Whitingham will always be out voted yet we will always be expected to pay for rooms in an empty building in Wilmington for their events. Another option we will have to pay for upkeep of the empty elementary school until 2018. One option have a new, large expensive gym. What for? Title games, perhaps? New rooms? New road? Major renovations? Too much to mention. The cost is too much for me.
I see a future of years of money down the drain that could be better be spent on education.
Please read the last page of the booklet carefully. Whatever the vote of the two towns the board will make the final decision. Does this sound familiar? Why have the cost of a vote?
Make sure you understand the vote on the amendment to the existing joint contract. If you vote no nothing changes, option A and B are out.