Jill Stahl Tyler

Jill Stahl Tyler: Brattleboro Town School Board (incumbent)

As a member of the Brattleboro Town School Board since 2011, I've seen firsthand the extraordinary work done by dedicated professionals. I'm running to continue to ensure that excellence, particularly as we move towards a merged entity under the state-mandated Act 46.

To comply with Act 46, I have led our board through reviewing all options, including the alternative governance plan. I could not support the alternative governance option because legal and financial experts had serious concerns of its legalities, particularly regarding sharing of staff.

I am saddened by the rancor surrounding Act 46. I am very aware that the town voted against the Study Committee's articles for how to merge. Many said they “voted against merging.”

However, a merger has always been required by the law. In fact, as of Nov. 30, 2018, Brattleboro is already considered by the state to be a merged entity, with Guilford, Dummerston, and Putney. At this point, our merger process will be stopped only by an injunction, a new law or amendment, or a determination by the courts that Act 46 is illegal.

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Actively seeking solutions for towns and school districts under Act 46

Paul Normandeau wrote about my testimony to the House Education Committee. He was not in Montpelier, and I was surprised by two false statements he asserts that I made: 1. He wrote that I “testified [...] without authorization or any direction from her local school board.” Although never asked...

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