Guilford residents are encouraged to attend a Community Forum on Act 46, to be held Wednesday, September 5, at 7:00 pm, at Guilford Community Church located at 38 Church Drive. The event is sponsored by Broad Brook Grange, but is being held at the church due to renovations at the former Grange hall.
Public school districts throughout Vermont have been participating in a years-long process to comply with Act 46, which was adopted by the legislature in 2015. This fall, the State Board of Education will conclude deliberations and issue their final plans for school districts, including Guilford, which do not yet have a school consolidation plan or an approved alternative.
In the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union, of which Guilford is a member, there are two proposals from the district now before the State Board. One plan calls for a merger of the town school districts into a single, unified district. The other plan proposes an alternative structure which retains the individual districts, with mechanisms for increased collaboration.
The September 5 Forum will open with presenters outlining both proposals, as well as an explanation of the Act 46 process. The major portion of the evening will be available for townspeople to ask questions about the proposals and the next steps in the process.
Presenters for the evening will include current and former Guilford School Board members along with Windham County State Senator, Becca Balint.
Refreshments will be served.