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School consolidation means savings for all

Wilton and Lyndeborough voters have an important decision to make this March regarding the future of their elementary schools. The School Board is bringing an $8.25 million renovation/build project to the School District Meeting for voter consideration. The project addresses significant facilities needs at the Florence Rideout Elementary School with a renovation and new addition.

The project also renovates Lyndeborough Central School to house kindergarten and pre-school programs, as well as space for the central office. Voters can hear and see more about the needs and proposed solution in a presentation that can be accessed at www.sau63.org.

The Board has been working on the proposed project for several years in order to find a solution that improves the education and learning environment for students at a reasonable cost to the taxpayers of both Wilton and Lyndeborough.

The Board recognizes that the optimal time to act is now, as the project will address immediate facilities and educational concerns that need long-term solutions. Classes and classrooms will be sized for effective instruction. Facilities will be updated with attention to improved safety, efficient heating and adequate ventilation. The schools will serve the needs and numbers of schoolchildren and families for many years to come.

The proposed project takes advantage of true consolidation, with related savings. Consolidation savings will result in a minimal tax rate impact in Wilton and a zero tax rate impact in Lyndeborough.

Consolidation means that students from both towns at a grade level will all attend the same school. This will allow the flexibility of creating class sizes that will allow for both the best learning and appropriate socialization.

With all teachers per grade in one building, able to collaborate, the district will be able to provide the same learning experience for all students, and do so in modern, high-quality buildings.

Voters who attend the School District Meeting on March 7 at 7 p.m. in the WLC High School Gymnasium will be making extremely important and long-term decisions regarding the quality and cost of education in our towns.

Please come and be one of these voters/decision makers. Childcare will be provided. Also please take the time to learn about the project by accessing the presentation and frequently asked questions at www.sau63.org and/or by contacting one of your School Board representatives.

 

The Wilton-Lyndeborough School Board includes Geoff Brock, chair, Harry Dailey,  vice chair, Matthew Ballou, James  Button, Mary  Guild, Carol LeBlanc, Francis  Bujak, Joyce  Fisk, Alex   LoVerme

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