This is an excerpt from FAQs on Withdrawal published on CASE2018.wordpress.com
At the time of the district’s founding in 1964, Sandown had very few students. Teaming up with other towns brought financial efficiency – especially given that the state was providing building incentives for cooperative school districts that single districts could not receive. Timberlane Regional High School was built in 1966.
Fifty-one years later, Sandown has 1016 students, the second largest cohort of students in the district, a close second to Plaistow which has 1127 students. Sandown is now large enough to sustain its own school district and is entitled to more control in the decisions affecting their children’s education. State building aid is no longer a factor.
Timberlane’s academic outcomes have been on a long decline, though they have seen an uptick in the last year. The Smarter Balanced assessment given in 2015 shows Timberlane’s 11th Grade students considerably under-performing the state average (and Pinkerton). Just 29% of our 11th graders are proficient or above in math, and just 50% in reading. We must do better by our children, and we can. (Pinkerton’s scores: 41% math, 70% reading.)
Timberlane has experienced very high budget increases (despite sharply declining enrollment district wide) that has resulted in nearly a $19,000 per student cost. This high per student cost is driving up our property taxes which are considerably higher than many comparable towns around us. This drives down our property values and no relief is in sight. (From 2008 to 2017, student enrollment will have declined 24%, but the TRSD budget will have gone UP 21%.)
Timberlane’s 20-year bond will be paid off in 2020. Now is the time to leave the district before new bonding makes any exit impossible.
Sandown CAN have great schools at an affordable cost.
For more FAQs and details on the withdrawal plan see