Tunbridge Revotes, Too

Front Page / Jun. 15, 2017 8:41am EDT

By Sandy Vondrasek

The third of three petitioned merger re-votes in the White River Valley will be Thursday, June 29, in Tunbridge.

In April, voters in both Tunbridge and Chelsea approved a merger plan that would see Chelsea closing its high school to become, as Tunbridge already is, a district that tuitions out students in grades 9-12.

The future of the merger is dependent not only on the June 29 vote in Tunbridge, but also on whether Royalton, Rochester and Bethel—or even just Bethel and Rochester—will ultimately approve a PreK-12 merger. The next test of that will come Tuesday when Rochester re-votes on the three-town plan.

Kathy Galluzzo, a long-time member of the Tunbridge School board, said this week that two informational sessions are planned in advance of the vote.

The first will be tonight, June 15, 6 p.m. at Tunbridge Central School. The board will review merger plan details, she said, and Agency of Education attorney Donna Russo-Savage will explain options available to Tunbridge, in the event the merger plan does not go forward.

Another meeting will be held Wednesday, June 28, the eve of the day-long ballot re-vote, Galluzzo said.

Galluzzo also chaired the study committee that researched a number of merger options for Tunbridge before settling on the proposal with Chelsea.

Change is scary, she acknowledged, “even for board members.”

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