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Letter: Mailing Mix-Up in Newbury

To the Editor:

First, I would like to thank you for your coverage of local school boards’ informational meetings and budgets. We appreciate the fair and accurate reporting on the issues that are influencing the decisions made by school boards up and down the valley. The balancing act between practicing fiscal responsibility while providing an academically rigorous and appropriate education for all students continues to be a challenge.

I would like to clarify some information reported in the March 27 article about the Oxbow vote. Newbury residents did not receive a copy of the Oxbow High School and River Bend Career and Technical Center annual report for Union District 30 due to an error by the postal service. Annual reports were printed on time, addressed and delivered to the post office in time to reach voters before the March 14 informational meeting. However, due to a postal service error, they did not reach Newbury voters. Unfortunately, the error was not discovered until after the informational meeting. Once the error was discovered, Oxbow personnel worked very hard to label and deliver additional copies of the report to Newbury voters before the vote on March 26.

As the board chair and a Newbury voter, I am very frustrated and disappointed that the important information in the annual report was not in the hands of our strongest supporters (Newbury voters). For that, I apologize to all the Newbury voters. Going forward, Oxbow staff and the Oxbow principal will take action to prevent this type of error from happening. The board meets again on April 4 at 6 p.m. to discuss the budget. We will also be scheduling another informational meeting before the vote, ensuring that all voters get the new information in time to make an informed decision.

Again, thank you for your support.

Vicky Carson

Board chair, Union School District 30

Newbury

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