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Letter

Some progressive thinking is in order

To the editor:

While reading about the District Study Committee, and the top three school district issues they want to address, I was disappointed to read the one issue they decided to cover was focused on money and cutting costs. I do agree it is a very important and valid issue, but I feel there was a missed opportunity. The article stated another issue they could have decided to sink their teeth into is “finding ways to increase enrollment by encouraging more families with children to move to the district.”

The issue of young families leaving is an issue the entire state is dealing with. Our district could be a leader on the path to find opportunities to increase enrollment. How do we make the area attractive to families? What can the entire community do to make the area inviting to businesses offering more job opportunities? These jobs keep people here, and welcome people from afar. An increase in job opportunities means a need for housing. Families are attracted to homes in districts with great schools.

We have good schools and wonderful educators, and perhaps our school district could look at more intriguing programs to bring into the schools. Perhaps our educators and parents could be asked their input on positive changes they think could make our district more attractive. It might be worth canvassing homeschooling families and private school families to ask where they think our public schools fall short, if at all. Cutting costs is something addressed every year during the budget season. It would be nice to see some progressive thinking about a topic that really needs to be addressed across the state.

Victoria Burnham

Bennington

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