* the original list was incorrect - this was updated 3/27
This could affect you if you are from:
Baltimore, Belvidere, Bloomfield, Brunswick, Danby, Goshen, Granby, Granville, Hancock, Hubbardton, Ira, Kirby, Landgrove, Lemington, Londonderry, Maidstone, Mt Tabor, Norton, Peru, Pittsfield, Plymouth, St George, Sandgate, Searsburg, Stannard, Stratton, Victory, West Haven, Westmore, Weston, Winhall.*
These 31 towns either tuition all their students, or tuition some plus have a union school affiliation for the others (essentially having two school districts)
For the most part, this bill modifies Act 153 (the school consolidation law from 2010). But the really important piece here is an addition to the bill that would provide Act 60/68 excess spending penalty relief to K-12 tuitioning towns. An example of a town this will affect is Pittsfield, where all of the students are tuitioned and the school budget was recently rejected due to a $2696 excess spending tax penalty PER STUDENT. Towns that tuition all students have no direct way to vote on the budgets of the schools their students choose.
Penalty relief has support from the Department of Education, and the Senate Education Committee. If you live in a K-12 tuitioning town, please email your Senators (contact info here) and Representatives (contact info here). Make sure they are aware of this addition to H.753, and ask them to support the language in the bill.
This bill affects some of the SMALLEST towns in the state. Everyone that weighs in on this will really make an impact.
Please share this information with your school board and select board members, and pass along my contact info (Angelique Lee - 802-746-9910 firstname.lastname@example.org). Here's a draft of the language that will be in the bill.