On October 8, 2014

School consolidation is prudent and fiscally responsible

Dear Editor, 

We were pleased by what we heard at the elementary school consolidation meeting in Bridgewater on Sept. 30.
As taxpayers, we are very supportive of the proposal to consolidate K-6 education with Pomfret and Woodstock. It is prudent and fiscally responsible. From a long term sustainability standpoint, it is in the best interest of our towns. 

As parents, we are very excited by the proposal. Along with the modest fiscal benefits, there are enormous benefits to the quality of education and experience this would provide for our children. This consolidation proposal would go a long way towards correcting concerns that accompany low enrollment. Having enough grade-level peers in a classroom enhances both academic and social growth. Pooling human and financial resources will mean more opportunity for all. 
We would like to thank the WCSU Elementary School Study Committee members for their work in presenting an exciting, realistic, and sustainable way forward. 
Heather and Nick Wolfe, Bridgewater, Vt.

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