Benefits of Unification:
RESOURCES FOR ALL OF THE REGION'S
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
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
Increased Educational Opportunities
Short and Long Term Financial
- 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
- A more attractive work environment.
- Unification returns the focus to continuous progress of all
- Increased transparency and accountability with fewer Boards.
The Consequences of Doing
- 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
- 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.