MAU board juggles issues

MAU board juggles issues

There are 3 comments on the Bennington Banner story from Dec 14, 2010, titled MAU board juggles issues. In it, Bennington Banner reports that:

The Mount Anthony Union school board discussed a slew of topics Monday, including a regional educational district study, the possibility of including two advisory votes on the March ballot, and increasing community involvement in the budget processes.

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seeking equity

Brighton, MA

#1 Dec 15, 2010
Mr. Swierad,
You have misrepresented the statute regarding representation. As it is written, there is no way that all the outlying districts can "gang up" on the BSD, as you have a 63% vote. Another issue is that the cost of the study has no ceiling, and any amount spent over the $20,000 grant is to be divided equally among the 5 districts.
This means that a community responsible for 20% of the cost is still only entitled to 3, 8, or 12% of the vote, depending on district they are in. Conversely, such a study only costs BSD 20% of the cost for 63% of the vote.
not so its proportion

Brewster, MA

#2 Dec 15, 2010
16 V.S.A.§ 706. Proposal to form study committee

§ 706. Proposal to form study committee
When the boards of two or more school districts believe that a study committee should be established to study the advisability of forming a union school district, or if five percent of the voters eligible to vote at the last annual or special school district meeting petition the board of their respective school districts to do so, each of the boards shall meet with the superintendent of each participating district. With the advice of the superintendent, the boards shall establish a budget, and shall fix the number of persons to serve on the study committee that prepares the report required by this subchapter. The boards' proposal shall ensure that each participating district share in the committee's budget and be represented on the committee in that proportion which the equalized pupils (as defined in section 4001 of this title) of the district bear to the total equalized pupils of all school districts intending to participate in the committee's study. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit informal exploration between and among school districts prior to the formation of a study committee
it is true

Brewster, MA

#3 Dec 15, 2010
BSD will make up more than half the committee

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