Letter: Our communities spoke loudly

To the editor:

I feel relieved that the voters in all nine Conval communities saw through the smokescreen of misinformation put out by the sponsors of Article 8, and spoke resoundingly to reject its passage.

The tactics performed a disservice to the communities where they were employed. This apparently included a direct mailing paid for by Mark Fernald and Gail Cromwell that went out to every postal patron in the district filled with alleged falsehoods, and signs bearing the same. The responses from the voters on the street and in the voting booth in all the communities were passionate and heartfelt. It made it clear that the two private citizens acting on their own agenda who sponsored this petition Article 8 (Mark Fernald and Gail Cromwell), which would have closed one the highest performing middle schools in the entire state (Great Brook Middle School), would not be allowed to control the entire school district just because they anointed themselves the supreme deciders. We have a school board, administration and advisory committee in place to do a thorough job of researching and evaluating any issue that effects the school district before it goes out for a vote to the public, and just the fact that Mark Fernald and Gail Cromwell thought that they could subvert this process created a visceral reaction in every community.

Lastly, I want to thank all of the “Vote No Team,” our communities, voters, and people I met new and old who poured their hearts and souls into this campaign, all working together for one united cause. This was truly communities coming together, and I could feel the pulse of this on the street everywhere I went. Now I hope ConVal can follow your lead and do the same for the benefit of all of our students and children.

Pete Burwen


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