Petitions for a revote on Act 46/706B Merger

Dear Editor,

As many in Ludlow know, the most recent Act 46 / 706B Merger vote was very confusing to many people. Countless voters have called me or stopped me around town saying they now realize they voted incorrectly. With that being said, a number of us felt we should seek a revote.

So, petitions will be circulating around Ludlow this week seeking signatures of registered Ludlow voters who either were confused by the ballot, did not vote the first time, or who already voted “no” to keep BRHSMS open as a public school (so the great things the teachers and staff are doing can be further enhanced so the school becomes a school others want to attend thereby increasing our enrollment).

The middle high school is a really big part of our community. With school choice, students from lower income families might not be able to attend the school of their choice due to transportation challenges, and that certainly is not providing them more educational opportunities. And with school choice for grades 7-12, we will have no control over high school tuition. BRHS has always been a small school and our children do not get lost in the shuffle; they have teachers and staff who know them, know their families, and really care about them.

I fear the economy of Ludlow will be hurt if the public school closes. Young families no longer want to settle in a town that has no high school and do not want their teenagers on a bus 30, 40, or 50 minutes each way to a nearby school.

So, if you are interested in signing the petition for a revote in Ludlow, please contact me at 802-228-4530, and I can put you in touch with folks who are circulating the petition.

Thank you, and Merry Christmas.

Sharon E.P. Bixby

Ludlow, Vt.

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