Last summer, the Freeport Town Council received a sobering report on the financial and educational impact of Freeport withdrawing from Regional School Unit 5. Since then, I’ve been skeptical about withdrawal. Like many others, I’ve been waiting for more data. The latest numbers, developed by the withdrawal committee, present a rosy scenario in which every student from Pownal and Durham stays in Freeport schools. That seems unlikely, since those students will have the choice to go to other schools, and families in those towns may resent being pushed out of school governance.
A shrinking high school means our kids will have fewer educational opportunities, like AP classes and electives. To keep those programs, taxpayers will be asked to pay more. I believe we’ll lose educational opportunities and still have our taxes increase. As a mom of a fourth-grader and a taxpayer, I urge Freeport residents to vote “no.”