Dear WSESU Community:
I wanted to update all of you about a very important piece of legislation that passed the General Assembly during this legislative session. It is expected to be signed very quickly by the Governor. It will then be law. It is being referred to as the “Consolidation Bill” or the “Merger Bill” depending on who is speaking. The bill is going to provide an opportunity for our supervisory union; made up of four independent school districts in Weathersfield, Windsor, West Windsor and Hartland, to have a serious conversation about merger of these four towns into one unified union school district. Under previous legislation, the incentive to merge was directly tied to the elimination of high school choice. For three of our towns, Hartland, Weathersfield and West Windsor, this was not an attractive option. This recently enacted law allows for a merger while maintaining choice for high schools. This allows our communities to enter into the discussion without losing the advantages of school choice.
As your superintendent, I want to keep you informed as we enter into the discussion.
The supervisory executive committee, made up of the four school board chairs, is meeting in early June to develop a presentation outlining the basic components of the law. It is then our intention to bring this outline to our staff and communities so that we can have a healthy conversation about the possibilities and limitations of embracing a merger. Remember, no decision to merge can be made without a vote of entire electorate of each member town. The school boards alone do not have the authority to make this decision. That is why it is so critical that we all get the same information and the correct information – because whatever decision we make, it should be well informed.
I will be sending out regular updates over the next several weeks. Stay tuned.