Stop the Forced Merger of the Elmore, Morristown, and Stowe, Vermont School Districts

Stop the Forced Merger of the Elmore, Morristown, and Stowe, Vermont School Districts

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Erica Loomis started this petition to VT State Board of Education Member Mark Perrin and

We, the undersigned, members of the communities of Elmore, Morristown, and Stowe, Vermont, are very proud of our high-quality public school systems.  We request that the State Board of Education reverse its provisional decision to reject the Vermont Secretary of Education’s recommendation that our Act 46 Alternative Governance Structure Application (AGS, for short) be approved.  Forcing this merger, upon these three towns, does not make sense, and is not in the best interest of our children and communities.  

Our local School Boards (EMUU and SSD) and the Lamoille South Supervisory Union (LSSU) believe, very strongly, in the educational goals of Act 46.

Both Elmore-Morristown Unified Union (EMUU) and Stowe School District (SSD):  Provide substantial equity in the quality and variety of educational opportunities, lead students to achieve or exceed the State’s Education Quality Standards, maximize operational efficiencies through increased flexibility to manage, share, and transfer resources, promote transparency and accountability, and deliver it as a cost that parents, voters, and taxpayers value.  We do this today!  These are the goals of Act 46. 

Make no mistake, both EMUU and Stowe meet, and even exceed, these goals, and will only continue to do so if allowed to continue operating as two Side-By-Side Pre-K-12 Operating Districts assigned to the Lamoille South Supervisory Union.  There is absolutely no doubt that our proposed Alternative Structure (AGS) is the “Best Means” for meeting the goals of Act 46, and ensuring transparency and accountability for the districts and the public at large.

If the merge is to go through, the towns will no longer meet at least one or two goals of Act 46.  One goal of Act 46 is taxpayer value; the taxes in Elmore and Morristown will increase with the merge.

We, members of the Elmore, Morristown, and Stowe communities implore you to reverse your provisional decision, and accept the recommendation of the Secretary of Education to approve the Alternative Governance Structure Application jointly submitted by the EMUU and Stowe School Districts.

We urge you to sign this petition and support the recommendation of the Secretary of Education.  We do not want to merge.

Sincerely,

Erica Loomis - Stowe, VT

Amanda Guy - Morrisville, VT

Facts to learn more on this process:

Here is the link to the VT State Board of Education members-

https://education.vermont.gov/sites/aoe/files/documents/edu-sbe-member-list-11_2018.pdf

Here is the link to the section 9 proposal put together by EMUU and SSD (great information on why we should not merge)-

https://education.vermont.gov/documents/emuu-stowe-alternative-structure-proposal?fbclid=IwAR3t8e6nYzJY1bmTDZRL5bK61N2xXj4Unrcdm4KXN1Wrau7Rw5HbS8818x8

Here is the link to the supplemental letter EMUU and SSD submitted on 11/12 to the VT SBoE; this letter was to provide further clarification and information for why the merge does not make sense for our communities-

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1c9ya_xNU2h7t8v2aYhJAD79WOs-6Wpr0/view

Here is the link to the Secretary of Educations Proposed Statewide Plan for School District Governance; this is where she recommends SSD and EMUU continue to operate as two separate districts.  On pages 146-149 she outlines her recommendations for Elmore/Morristown/Stowe-

https://education.vermont.gov/sites/aoe/files/documents/edu-secretary-proposal-act46-sec-10_0.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0WHAJNjZ27Lue2QRDaF8iGTa84Mni7KuNxMnCiI8oNeGeXmrhMPEomq2k

Here is the link to the Draft Default Articles of Agreement for Consideration by the SBE (if the merge goes through, what our future looks like)-

https://education.vermont.gov/documents/state-board-draft-default-articles-agreement

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