Potential Benefits of Unification:

RESOURCES FOR ALL OF THE REGION'S STUDENTS

Unification, as advised by the Legislature through Act46, involves merging all of the Districts in the Supervisory Union into a Single Supervisory District. The significant differences would be:
governance by a single board of directors, replacing the current five boards;
a single budget that includes all proposed expenditures and revenues and results in the same school tax rate for every town, only varying by the influence of the Common Level of Appraisal.

It does not mean consolidation of schools; on the contrary the legislation provides incentives that make it possible for our small rural schools to thrive. There are numerous opportunities to streamline process, react quickly to opportunities and challenges, and realize operational and fiscal efficiencies. 

School Board Unification, as per Act 46, is an opportunity worth exploring.

Increased Educational Opportunities
  • Equal opportunity for all district students regardless of town of residence
  • Better flexibility among schools, staffing, resources and the programs and services.
  • Ability to innovate delivery of education together.
  • Stable educational leadership who can focus on teaching and learning.
  • A more attractive work environment.
  • Unification returns the focus to continuous progress of all students.
  • Increased transparency and accountability with fewer Boards.
Short and Long Term Financial Benefits
  • Significant financial incentives from the state.  
  • One district requires one budget. A single budget allows for more effective allocation of resources to fund priorities and use resources wisely.
  • Streamlining and efficient reallocation of staff and services.
The Consequences of Doing Nothing
  • Secretary of Education expected to step in to intervene at the local level.
  • Likely reassignment to an existing district.
  • Difficult to plan for our future with uncertainty of potential state action.
  • No tax incentives available for citizens.