Towns to vote on Starksboro’s plan to withdraw from school district

Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 3:03 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 8, 2022 at 8:13 PM EDT
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STARKSBORO, Vt. (WCAX) - Bristol, Monkton and New Haven residents will vote Tuesday on whether or not Starksboro can withdraw from the Mount Abraham Unified School District.

Starksboro residents voted in favor of withdrawal back in May. This is the next step.

The group Starksboro Save Our Schools is concerned that Robinson Elementary would be closed without their vote as a result of a merger being explored between the Mount Abraham Unified School District and the Addison Northwest School District.

This withdrawal would only occur if that merger passes in the November election.

“We are committed to the benefit to the students and the citizens of Starksboro deciding when it if ever might be time to close Robinson. The other thing that we are really committed to is keeping the governance of a school as close to the kids and the teachers and the staff as possible,” said Susan Klaiber of the Starksboro Save Our Schools Committee.

When asked for comment, the MAUSD School Board sent WCAX News their recent communication to community members.

The district says Starksboro’s withdrawal could increase taxes, creates the potential to return MAUSD to a supervisory union, and that Starksboro could become a secondary choice district.

If New Haven, Monkton and Bristol ratify the decision for Starksboro to withdraw, the town of Starksboro will seek approval from the Vermont Agency of Education. The town would have to prepare a report and financial analysis for the state about the withdrawal’s impact.

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