Letter: Pawlet-Rupert school merger forum set

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To the Editor,The Pawlet Rupert Merger Study Committee has been working since May 2017 on a merger study for the Pawlet, Rupert, and Mettawee school boards. The committee is in the final stages of completing a Draft Merger Study Report with Articles of Agreement to be sent to the State of Vermont for approval. A public forum will be held on August 10 at 7 p.m. at the Mettawee Community School offering an opportunity for community members to address questions and make comments related to the proposal.Copies of the Study Committee Worksheet and Articles of Agreement and anticipated community questions and answers are available at www.brsu.org under the Act 46 tab - Pawlet and Rupert Merger Committee. Paper copies may also be obtained by contacting the BRSU at 802-362-2452, Mettawee School at 802-645-9009, Rupert Town Office at 802-394-7728, or Pawlet Town Office at 802-325-3309. In addition, the committee meetings to date have been recorded by PEGTV, links to these recordings are on the brsu.org website referenced above.The members of the committee encourage community participation at the August 10 forum as this is a time to give input prior to a finalized report being sent to the State of Vermont. After state approval of the Articles of Agreement, an informational meeting and vote by both the Pawlet and Rupert communities will be held November 7, 2017.In addition to voting on the merger, the communities will also be voting on a new unified school board for the newly formed district. Community members interested in being members of the anticipated newly formed school board will need to have petitions in to the Town Clerk of their town (Pawlet or Rupert) "not less than 30 days nor more than 40 days prior to the date of the vote" which would be between September 28 and October 8, 2017. Petitions will be available on the brsu.org website as well as at the BRSU, Mettawee School, and Town Offices.Sincerely,Susan Hosley, ChairpersonPawlet Rupert Merger Study Committee


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