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YES to Warrant Article 13
Withdrawal of Sandown from Timberlane School District
Vote Tuesday, March 8 at Sandown Town hall
WHY SUPPORT WITHDRAWAL?
Timberlane is predicting a 11.5%* increase in Sandown school taxes in November. The district’s budgets are undisciplined and continue to rise while enrollment falls.
Sandown is not getting value for our money. The budget per student next year is $19,600. To put that cost in perspective, that’s equal to a year at Central Catholic ($12,690) and a used car for every student at Timberlane, pre-K – 12. Smarter Balanced tests in 2015 show Timberlane’s juniors considerably under-performing the state average. Just 29% of our 11th graders are proficient in math, and just 50% in reading. We must do better by our children. (Pinkerton: 41% math, 70% reading.)
A YES vote will not separate Sandown from Timberlane yet, but it will put a withdrawal plan before the Department of Education which, if approved, will go to district voters for a final decision.
ACT NOW! Timberlane’s 20 year bond will be paid up in 2019/20. We can obtain our independence now with very little owing on the bond. In a few short years it will be too late because new bonding will almost certainly be in place, possibly without the approval of Sandown voters.
- Pre-K to 8 run in our two schools by a teaching Headmaster who will know virtually all the children as individuals
- Educate Grades 6 – 8 locally, instead of putting them on a bus to Plaistow
- Keep Grade 6 students on an elementary school timetable and on the bus with other young children
- Educate Grades 7 and 8 on a Junior High model, with bus and facilities separate from both younger and older students, and close to home
- A high-performing high school experience, most likely at Pinkerton Academy which offers
- State of the art facilities on a college-style campus, including Performing Arts Center
- 19 vocational streams, many including certification, available to all students on the normal class schedule
- 21 Advanced Placement courses
- Foreign languages
- First rate arts and athletics programs
- Junior ROTC
- After full transition, an estimated $1 million savings per year, (about $2 per thousand less) with more resources for students instead of administration.
- Timberlane keeps paying for the same costly staff despite declining enrollment. Sandown would manage its affairs more prudently because of local accountability.
A Sandown School district would have a board made up entirely of your neighbors. Your voice in education and taxes would be heard and acted upon – not overruled or ignored by the majority interests of other towns in a regional district which is the case now.
Does Pinkerton have room for Sandown? Yes, even if Candia votes to go to Pinkerton.
We will still be part of SAU 55. How can we be better off? There will be a Memorandum of Understanding with SAU55 to delineate their services. A properly functioning Sandown School District will set its own budget and curriculum, working with our own Headmaster, not the SAU. Once Sandown is its own district, we can withdraw from SAU55 if their services are not satisfactory.
Will we have to pay a multi- million buyout fee to leave the Timberlane district? No. If the Board of Education concludes a buyout would be owing, then the withdrawal plan fails. (Sandown must, however, pay its portion of the outstanding bond.)
Will Special Ed be harmed? No. The pro-forma budget for Sandown School District allocates exactly the same financial and teaching resources to SPED as we currently have at Timberlane, even though a Sandown District will have fewer students.
What will happen to property values if Sandown withdraws?
Good schools drive up property values. Our school model is similar to Hampstead’s and Hampstead’s property values are higher than Sandown’s.
Citizens Against Withdrawal (CAW) say that the plan is full of holes. False. Every CAW criticism has been debunked in detail at CASE2018. If the Board of Education doesn’t agree, it will reject the plan.
Plan details online at CASE2018.wordpress.com | Citizens for Advancement of Sandown Education
[DG note: There are two ways to calculate the percentage tax increase given the figures supplied by TRSD. One way gives 11.7%, another gives 12.3%. The latter is probably more accurate.]