Letter: Freeport should control its own schools

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I would like to urge my fellow voters to vote yes to exit the flawed Regional School Unit 5 school governance structure.

Since the RSU formed, tri-town voters must now advocate in front of two different governing bodies – the Town Council and the RSU 5 board – each with its own budget and spending priorities. Constituents are unable to go to one place and tell elected leaders, “Sorry, but rather than that new sidewalk, or that new truck, could you please put that money towards more classroom resources?” In the RSU, neither voters nor elected officials can set spending priorities based on the entire spectrum of municipal needs.

Had I known in 2008 what I know now, I would not have voted in favor to consolidate our school system.

Freeport has the opportunity on Nov. 4 to return to our pre-consolidation roots and win back control of our own town’s future.

Eric Horne
Freeport

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