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St. Johnsbury voters try to sway the vote with social media

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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. - St. Johnsbury voters head back to the polls Thursday to vote on a revised school budget. On Wednesday, there was a final push being made to reach voters.

Parents and teachers are taking to social media and the school's website to get the attention of voters, particularly ones who have kids in school and didn't vote last time.

In Vermont it's common to see signs sending a message to voters.

But in the age of social media, videos are popping up. They are being shared on Facebook ahead of Thursday's revised vote on a school budget for St. Johnsbury. The first budget didn't pass.

In a
Youtube video called "Class Size Matters," St. Johnsbury second-grade teacher Bridget Ferin-Smith talks about the difference in teaching a class of 18 students versus 24 and the successes and challenges of each.

Parents in St. Johnsbury are also working to gain support through online videos. They say only 14 percent of parents with
kids in the school voted on the first budget. They're reaching out to the community in hopes of changing that.

Some voters say their taxes are simply too high to support the proposed school budget. It's $180,000 less than the original budget, but it's still about $15.8 million.

"We're not against the St. Johnsbury School. It has nothing to do with the children. It has everything to do with the cost," said Nancy Cohen, St. Johnsbury resident.

Cohen has been outspoken in the local newspaper. She says, she'll vote against the school budget again Thursday.

"I just feel that people are experiencing, especially people in their seventies like ourselves, less and less disposable income due to taxation and rising costs of inflation," said Cohen.


The superintendent says that all the cuts in the revised budget are from the pre-K through eighth grade school and the district office. Voters head to the polls Thursday in St. Johnsbury.
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