Letter: Family friendly vote is for RSU withdrawal

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As a parent of children in Freeport schools, the decline of the last five years has been noticeable. Morse Street School lost six ed techs, two interventionists, and other resources. All four Freeport schools saw similar cuts.

The cost of joining Regional School Unit 5 meant our schools had to be “leveled down” to achieve balance across the three towns. We lost governance of our schools, and our budget. Families are now voting with their feet. The phrase I commonly hear is “why take a chance on Freeport?”

My frustration recently turned to excitement, due to the possibility of regaining local control. The expensive $15 million high school expansion can be reduced to a $6.5 million renovation. A 10-year tuition agreement ensures our neighbors can continue to be part of our schools after withdrawal.

Please join me and vote yes. Let’s gain back our reputation as a destination for young families.

Jerry Antl