As you may be aware, the State of Vermont has been going through one of its most challenging educational budget cycles. The Strafford School Board approved a budget for your consideration in January of this year. At the time of our approval we were all operating under what we understood was going to be the funding formula under current law. Since that time it has become clear that the funding formula will change this year and, in an effort to ensure that this board is mindful of the real effects budgets have on citizens, we have exercised our authority to cancel the March 5 vote. There will be a warning at a later time for you to vote.
You may have already received a ballot on the warned articles, including the budget. Any votes cast on the school portion of the ballot will not be tabulated given the cancellation of the vote. When we hold the vote at a later date new ballots will be issued in order to provide you the opportunity to exercise your vote on our town educational budget and elect education district representatives.
We will still be available on February 17 to answer any questions you might have. We ask that you remain engaged with what our legislature and governor ultimately decide is the pathway to fund our schools in Vermont.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all navigate these challenging times and budgetary processes.