St. George select board to continue school district withdrawal talks
St. George — John Snow, chairman of the St. George Board of Selectmen, said the board was interested in receiving community input before making a decision to support or forgo withdrawal from Regional School Unit 13.
"It brings benefits and other aspects that need development and understanding," he said, adding the result of the non-binding referendum vote is "very important."
On Nov. 6, voters in St. George overwhelmingly supported pursuing withdrawal — voting 495 to 134 in favor of a non-binding referendum to disband from the district.
The board will meet Monday, Nov. 19 to discuss action and potentially make a decision on how to proceed. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.
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.
Don Choquette, education committee member said the vote was significant, calling the support of townspeople "step one."
"We know how people feel — it's up to the selectmen to take it from there," he said.
Choquette will attend the Nov. 19 meeting and said he's not sure what the board will decide.
The committee submitted a report to the board in October outlining the town's options and financial capability in creating an independent district. The report and budget are available on the St. George town website.
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