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Forum, Aug. 22: Request ballots soon for Oxbow vote

Published: 8/24/2020 10:36:29 AM
Modified: 8/24/2020 10:36:27 AM
Prentiss well-suited to the challenges we face

As Lebanon’s four Democratic state representatives, we are endorsing Sue Prentiss for state senator in District 5.

With her extensive background in public safety, health care and crisis management, Prentiss is exceptionally well-suited to the challenges we face now. In more than 30 years of public service, we have seen her compassion for the public she serves, for those with whom she works, and for the issues that are unique to the Upper Valley. She will be a champion for all of the families and communities of District 5.

We have worked regularly with her on issues that require coordination with Concord. We have developed a strong, collaborative approach to problem-solving thanks to her leadership as Lebanon’s mayor. She knows the Upper Valley and how it is best represented in Concord. Her record demonstrates her long-standing commitment to Democratic values of equality, fairness, justice and protection for the most vulnerable.

Please join us in voting for Sue Prentiss for state Senate District 5 on Sept. 8.

RICHARD ABEL, SUSAN ALMY, LAUREL STAVIS and
GEORGE SYKES

Lebanon

Request ballots soon for Oxbow vote

We’re writing to express our concerns over the next Oxbow Unified Union School District (OUUSD) budget vote.

With in-person voting available on Sept. 1 and mail-in balloting available, as well, by calling the town clerk at 802-866-5521 for Newbury or 802-222-4727 in Bradford, it is recommended that voters request ballots soon. Ballots will not be mailed to all as in the June 30 vote.

It should be noted that the largest amount of the budget decrease is due to deferring repayment of most of the food service deficit and deferral of some building maintenance issues. Additionally, $62,500 was added back in due to the board’s presumption that the teacher contract negotiations may result in another 0.5% increase (3% as in the past budget figure to 3.5%.)

While we appreciate the efforts of the teaching staff in these difficult times, it was apparent with the resounding no vote on the prior budget that the taxpayers are feeling the pinch and are looking for relief in these challenging times. We had hoped to see an effort to trim administrative spending when the budget was revisited but there appears to have been little to none.

Since there was no mailing with the revised information, voters must get information via the district’s website (www.oesu.org/ouusd)under the July 22 board meeting information with the budget revision worksheet. Additionally, one can review the letters and questions we’ve submitted to the board and some responses also on the website.

We remain concerned with the loss of connection of these communities to its schools with the one (now six-person) board meeting just once a month and ceding too much authority to the central office. We remain committed to pursuing dissolution of the OUUSD and reversion to the prior arrangement of three boards and their closer connections to “their” schools.

Marvin Harrison

Newbury

Daniel Perry III

Bradford

This letter was signed by eight other residents of Bradford and Newbury.




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