St. George accepts non-binding referendum to proceed with withdrawal

By Juliette Laaka | Nov 06, 2012
Photo by: Juliette Laaka School Board Member Sherman Hoyt speaks to the audience at a town education committee meeting Oct. 25. Committee Chair Terry Driscoll looks on.

St. George — On Election Day, St. George voters responded with a strong vote in favor of pursuing a non-binding referendum to proceed with withdrawal from Regional School Unit 13.

This vote will set the tone for coming collaboration with the district and was posed to gauge the town's commitment to local education reform.

Regardless of the 495 yes vote to the134 opposed vote, the select board has the final decision with how to act.

The town education committee was formed in 2011 by the town's select board to research the town's feasible educational options after action to retain the St. George eighth-grade in perpetuity was shut down — disappointing the town but emboldening their resolve.

Committee Chairman Terry Driscoll said the committee's intent is to assemble the facts and issues.

"We're not here to advocate, we're here to educate," he said at the first public hearing on the issue Oct. 25.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

 

 

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