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Yes vote on school budget is crucial

On June 30 (or earlier if people vote by mail), voters in Putney, Brattleboro, Dummerston, and Guilford, the four towns that make up the local school district, will vote on the school budget.

There are a number of reasons why a yes vote on this budget is crucial.

The budget was first created with the input of parents, school board members, the teachers’ union, and other vested parties. The budget as written calls for very small increases in the property tax rate, essentially $13 per $100,000 in assessed value, about $1 per month.

In return, the citizens of these towns will continue to receive the high level of education and services provided by the district’s support staff, educators, and administrators.

In this period of economic and social crises, the school system, more than ever, needs community support. Students will return to their education in the fall in the midst of an ongoing global pandemic, an economic depression, and widespread racial division and inequities.

At a time when students will need more support than ever, a no vote on the budget will have the immediate impact of eliminating key staff members, including teachers and support personnel.

Please take the time to vote yes on this budget.

Henry Zacchini
Brattleboro

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Originally published in The Commons issue #567 (Wednesday, June 24, 2020). This story appeared on page B2.

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