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Letter: ConVal board shows inexperience

To the editor:

I am surprised at the number of voters’ questions I have heard about Conval’s inexperienced School Board’s antics regarding: a) another gross budget increase; b) a consolidation of schools solution denying voters their rights; c) no proposed school resource officer for the high school and; d) no plan to eliminate food service losses now totaling maybe $5 million dollars over the past 15 years.

Yes, it’s true. The board chose to ignore the result of their recent $10,000 (my estimate) survey that supported consolidation of middle schools. (More than 2,000 voters in two different polls said close Great Brook.)

Yes, it’s true. The Board has no intention to stop the multi-million dollar drain of the food service program. Could be there is a conflict of interest somewhere in their motivation. They rejected two offers that guaranteed no losses. Zero -- unbelievable.

It’s true . They have no intention to add an SRO (police officer)at ConVal. Evidently they think the Newtown, Conn., incident is just one of those things. And it will never happen to us.? Maybe, maybe. (Londonderry has three SROs: one for elementary, one for middle school and one for the high school.)

Yes, it’s true. The Board has concocted an article to amend the 40-year old Articles of Agreement (No. 5). First, they will ask the 14,000 voters to vote to adopt a plan wherein they deny the voters any say as to closing of schools. And then give full decision power to the 13 board members.

Voters have good reason to ask questions when they see what’s going on. I urge you to talk with your school board member. The proposed budget is about $45 million. You deserve answers.

Fran Chapman

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