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Hello Everyone - I’ve been asked to forward the RFP press release (see below) for your information.  Thanks.

Susie Haughwout

Wilmington Town Clerk

P. O. Box 217

Wilmington, VT 05363

Ph: 802-464-5836

Fax: 802-464-1238

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Town Website: www.wilmingtonvermont.us

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Town of Dover funding study of local impacts of Vermont education funding system

 

Dover, VT –July 11, 2011 - The Town of Dover, Vermont has released a request for proposals (RFP) for qualified consultants to evaluate the impacts of Vermont’s education funding system at the local level.  The Town on behalf of itself, neighboring town Wilmington and, potentially, some other towns in Windham County, is soliciting a consultant to look specifically at the economic and demographic impacts on the area since the passing of  No. 60 of the Acts of the 1997 Adj. Sess. (1998) and No. 68 of the Acts of the 2003 Adj. Sess. (2004)These two laws significantly modified the education funding system in the State of Vermont.   The RFP also asks the selected consultant to evaluate whether the funding structure results in equal educational opportunity for area students.

The study Dover is undertaking was spurred by a study being sponsored at the State-level by the Vermont Joint Fiscal Office based upon the direction of the Vermont General Assembly.  The State study will look at similar impacts of education funding law across Vermont.   In addition to economic and demographic impacts, the State study will also evaluate additional items such as types of tax and revenues used to fund the education system, the relationship between per-pupil spending and the total amount spent for each community, and the extent to which spending is correlated to community income wealth. 

 

The local effort was generated out of concern that the State study may not be able to analyze impacts of the education funding system at a local level due to the averaging of large amounts of varying data collected from around the State.   The Town of Dover lost 20% of its population during the most recent census period and neighboring Wilmington now has 16% fewer residents than it did ten years ago.  Linda Holland, Chair of the Dover Select Board noted, “The Town of Dover and surrounding communities have long been concerned about the impacts of Act 60 and Act 68 on our communities and the ability of our businesses and home owners to afford to pay their property taxes.  While we are encouraged by the State’s effort to study the effects of the education funding mechanism, we felt it important to simultaneously take a closer look at the impacts at a truly local level.”

 

The RFP for the study was released on July 8, 2011.  Responses are due on August 9, 2011 and work is to be completed by the chosen consultant no later than December 1, 2011.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Laura Sibilia                                                                               Bill Colvin

Vice Chair                                                                                   Economic and Community Development

Dover School Board                                                                 Town of Wilmington     

9 School House Road                                                               PO BOX 217

East Dover, VT    05341                                                           Wilmington, VT    05363

(802) 384-0233                                                                          (802) 464-8591

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