To no-ones surprise the Spencer School Board voted unanimously for a merger with Candor.
There will be a straw vote on the merger issue on Dec. 3 in both the Candor and S-VE districts.
If the straw vote gets a majority, then the final vote will take place on February 6, 2014.
The events to this stage were programmed into the process by the handpicking of the people on the merger committee. The S-VE consisted overwhelmingly of school bureaucrats and other school employees, two groups of people that the Superintendent can manipulate. The most ardent supporters of the merger among the hand picked "community representatives" were appointed to the school board after three board members resigned. The school bureaucrats are a group that would even, without superintendent prodding, support the merger, because school bureaucrats in bigger districts get more pay.
The superintendent showed in the budget vote, that he is not
below misleading people and manipulate them to vote as he wishes. He claimed that the
state aid was down 5 million when in fact, it was up $300,000. This time he
will no doubt claim that the state aid will go up, because the facilitators brought it up
eight times in their final presentation. Which reminds me of the time when I was on the
School Board and the state did not pay what was expected. We had a million dollar deficit
and taxes went up 29.9%. If the meager merger aid is available, then the state can
say "They get merger aid so lets cut aid elsewhere." The merger aid
is not much, because it is for the combined districts, so Candor is in on it. The merger
aid is short term, but the long bus rides are permanent. Or perhaps not, because the
facilitators predicted that the building of a new campus between the towns would be
brought up in five years when the people get tired of the long rides.
Ill try to keep the www.nomerger.net updated. Let me know if you have an item for it.