Letter: Going too far to close a school

To the editor:

This is in reference to Dave Anderson’s story in the Ledger-Transcript that appeared Feb. 21, 2013, regarding Ex-School board member Gail Cromwell’s petition charging the school district with miscalculating the default budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Important points helped show how Gail Cromwell acting as a private citizen has allegedly tried to manipulate the public, skew facts and figures, and confuse voters in an effort get people to meet her own personal agenda.

Quoted from the paper “Attorney Dean Eggert of the Manchester law firm of Wadleigh, Starr & Peters said the default budget had been properly calculated in accordance with state statute.” Gail Cromwell is co-sponsor of Article 8 appearing on the March 12 ballot in an attempt to arbitrarily shut down Great Brook Middle School, which is not under enrolled.

The article would ship students off to and overcrowd South Meadow Middle School, and reap no significant savings in the budget at all. Have you ever wondered why a private citizen acting on their own accord, let alone an ex-school board member, would go to such lengths allegedly to mettle in the affairs of the school district in a move that effects the lives of so many people, students, and families this haphazardly?

It is alleged that in the majority of instances that private citizen Gail Cromwell has put forth her own personal agenda and tried to bestow it upon us the people of the ConVal School District, unfiltered and unchecked, without the benefit of experts, that it has been allegedly flawed, skewed, untrue, miscalculated, and manipulated. Some have alleged that Ms. Cromwell is still in a battle over control over the entire school district ever since her departure from the school board, which was allegedly less than ceremonious. Vote “No” on Article 8 on March 12.

Pete Burwen


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