Act 46 Forum — August 1, 2016, 6:00 PM — Vernon Elementary School Cafeteria

Here’s what’s on the ballot: 

Article 1: Shall the Vernon Town School District, a member of the Brattleboro Union High School District # 6, vote to withdraw from the Brattleboro Union High School District pursuant to provisions of 16 V.S.A. Sec. 721a?

What does a YES vote to leave the BUHS #6 mean to our community?

YES means that Vernon continues to:

  • Own our school building and property;
  • Have school choice for our middle and high school students;
  • Have a School Board elected by the voters of Vernon;
  • Control the Vernon Elementary School budget;
  • Make staffing and administrative decisions in the best interests of our students;
  • Have the school building as a community resource;
  • Have a close working relationship with the town.

Act 46 has become more and more controversial throughout the state. Many people believe that the underlying intents of Act 46 are to severely limit or actually eliminate local control, eliminate small schools, and remove parental control of where their children attend school. Communities are struggling to keep their local identity and their schools as community centers. We wish to do the same.

NO means that Vernon joins Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, and Putney as outlined in the Act 46 Articles of Agreement. Under this option Vernon will not only no longer control our school or its uses, we will no longer be allowed to send our children to the schools that may address their educational needs best. This has been a Vernon tradition for far longer than BUHS #6 has existed. We believe parents must continue to be empowered to make educational decisions in the best interests of their children.

The taxpayers of the Town of Vernon have spent millions of dollars building and maintaining our beautiful school. We have continued to invest in this asset and community resource. If we do not strive for our independence, the newly formed Unified District will own the building and grounds free of charge.

If we join the newly formed Unified District, there is no getting out…”no off ramps”… once we’re in, we’re in forever. If we vote to be independent and find it not to our benefit, we can join with another district and still maintain our local control and property ownership.