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Bradford, Newbury, Vt., to vote on shared school board



 Valley News Staff Writer
Monday, April 22, 2019

BRADFORD, Vt.  — Residents of the newly-formed district overseeing schools in Bradford and in neighboring Newbury, Vt., will elect members of the district’s new governing board in May, and then weigh in on the district’s first combined budget in June.

The Oxbow Unified Union School District merges the administrations of Oxbow High School and of Bradford and Newbury elementary schools under Vermont’s Act 46 school consolidation law.

The election of the four members of the new board — comprising the top-two vote-getters from each town — will be held on May 7 at 6 p.m., at the high school, in Bradford.

District Superintendent Emilie Knisley said on Monday that candidates will be nominated from from the floor, town meeting-style.

“So far, many of the existing board members seem not to be running,” Knisley said.

At the new board’s first meeting, on May 8, the members are scheduled to approve the warning for a June 17 vote on the combined budget for the 2019-2020 school year.

Knisley said district staff members are assembling a proposed budget early this week, in advance of reviewing it with the current towns’ school boards at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Oxbow High.

“I’m still waiting to see the amount,” Knisley said. “We will have a ballpark number on Wednesday night.”

Voters in the separate, soon-to-disband Newbury Elementary and Bradford Elementary districts will hold their final organizational meetings on May 4.

David Corriveau can be reached at dcorriveau@vnews.com or 603-727-3304.