This article by Chris Mays originally appeared May 8 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
TOWNSHEND — In a 6-4 vote Monday night, West River Education District board members set the stage for voters to decide if Windham should be made to merge.
Five communities — Brookline, Jamaica, Newfane, Townshend and Windham — will vote by Australian ballot on June 11 whether Windham Elementary School District should fully join the West River district. Windham residents currently vote on the high school portion of the West River budget.
In June, voters also will consider a combined budget of $11,710,082 by adding Windham’s anticipated 2019-20 expenses of $450,039. Those votes would be “commingled,” or collected then tallied together.
Joe Winrich, West River Education District board chairman, said Monday’s meeting was about warning a vote so that it could be certified by the state before the West River district becomes operational in July.
In its final report on Act 46 mergers, the State Board of Education requested that the vote happen before then. Superintendent Bill Anton said the West River board’s authority does not match or exceed that of the state board.
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