Letter: Withdrawal from RSU 5 is too big a gamble

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Please vote no to Freeport withdrawing from Regional School Unit 5. This is a big gamble for Freeport. The withdrawal committee found a best-case savings of $288,000, if every Durham and Pownal student stays in Freeport. If they go elsewhere, our taxes go up and our schools diminish.

The RSU is guaranteed. We are guaranteed a new high school, students to fill all schools, taxes that will rise slower and more predictably. Importantly, keeping the three towns together means keeping all the enhanced academic programming, gifted and talented, AP classes, math and literacy specialists, and more class choices for our students. We continue to grow community in our schools or if we separate, all of this is in jeopardy. We will lose budget control to the Town Council, and our new high school, student population, and programs. Don’t roll the dice.

Chris Parker
Freeport

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