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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - April 13, 1965, Bennington, Vermont Issue to give lip charter Bennington Banner tuesday april 13, 1965-7north Pownal graded school District voters weigh pros and cons will ballot wednesday to determine educational future ter. She feels that records show that pupils leaving North Pownal and going to advanced learning have had a Good teachers and a Good she emphasized that although the present tax picture with merger May look Rosy it would be bound to jump within the next few years. Mrs. Buck s goal would be eventually to have one centralized school for the Pownal not a series of buildings to House several grades. Pownal town school District directors Warren Mason Charles rounds and John Foster have All expressed themselves in favor of the merger principally for the advanced educational advantages it would afford North Pownal youngsters. Robert Pudvar North Pownal Parent is for joining because having one teacher per Grade allows More time to be devoted to each subject. A when persons working in any capacity for the North Pownal school District inc. Would deprive children of a better education in place of dollars in their pocket they Are certainly not an Ald to education a he said. Harvey Burdick jr., who has three children attending the local school is undecided As to whether this would be the right time to make the move although he feels that a eventually a larger District would be an Burdick also stressed that longer polling hours should have been set in order to allow More voters the Opportunity of making their Choice. Leonard Duval with two children in Grade school says a now is the time to he considers the North Pownal building outdated. Better administration and educational benefits would be derived from belonging to a larger District he feels. Joseph Danforth father of four school age children feels that Many More questions remain to be answered before an intelligent decision can be made. Some of the problems to be faced should have been discussed More fully by the school boards a he thinks. Lyle Grusendorf with five children in elementary school is in favor stressing the importance of a one teacher per Grade and mrs. Gladys Jelley Mother of nine has had experience with children enrolled under both single and Multi classroom systems. She is definitely in favor of the centralization method with individual classrooms. She has also remarked that a fewer higher dropouts would result from an organized method of transportation to a Union High Leon Bisson and Harold Marshall both with two children enrolled and Lyman Pratt Are also in favor. Union High Board Speaks Pownal representatives to the Union High school Board David Adler and Jackson Ostrander both feel it would be to the advantage of North Pownal residents to make the affirmative decision both from the standpoint of elementary grades where a broader preparation for advanced studies is made by centralization and also from the standpoint of becoming a member of the Union High school District. This would afford a voice in voting on High school issues North Bennington re. Bennington it. Motto Sapple sauce 35 of. Jar and a larger scope of preparation for students preparing Foi College and for those studying occupational courses. Supt. Leon Wagner is in favor of any step in the right direction towards advancement or education. He summed up the Issue by saying a it is in the hands of the North Pownal voters and it is their decision to Sei our Spring selection of 1965 Hedstrom carriages strollers from $7.95 Haynes amp Kane inc. Dial 7-7133 434 main St. Bennington it. I not every businessman needs a Dally newspaper Only those who Are in business every Day North Pownal school the North Pownal graded school As it looked in 1894, four years after its construction. The teacher at the extreme left is miss Regina Dean who served the local school i amp strict for Many years. The photo was loaned to the Banner through the Courtesy of mrs. Emile Bisson. Officials have pointed out that if a merger takes place the Pownal rate will of necessity Rise although it is not expected to reach the figure of $7.50 proposed tax for operation of the North Pownal school for the next year. One District advantages the report listing both districts As one emphasized single Grade classes department ligation French physical education guidance administration health music Library to meet state specifications Art kindergarten hot lunch program bus transportation audio visual facilities and benefits of United counselling. Four other future possibilities named were shop grades 7 and 8 Home economics grades 7 and 8 part time educational to construction of Multi purpose room to be used As a gym auditorium and for Public meetings. Supt. Leon Wagner has stressed the importance of an Early vote being taken in North Pownal to allow adequate time for working out a satisfactory program and budget for the coming year. Pro and con during the past two weeks diverse opinions have been expressed by various officials and North Pownal parents As to the Wisdom of North Pownal s relinquishing its charter. The study committee a Joseph Tornabene mrs. Robert e. Rudd or. And mrs. Ernest Welch Are in favor two to one. Mrs. Rudd North Pownal District tax collector school Board Secretary and Mother of a son in Grade 3, said a i m in favor of merger because it will provide greater educational opportunities. In our present situation of two grades per classroom per teacher the amount of teaching time spent on each subject is necessarily Cut in half. With one Grade per teacher the full amount of teaching time in each area would be available. A with the merger a mrs. Rudd continues a fall sections of the Pownal would be working together towards a common goal maximum education for each child. The question is not a How High will the tax rate be ? it is a How much education Are our children receiving for our tax Dollar ? a Dollar poorly spent is a Dollar wasted. North Pownal children will have better educational opportunities per Dollar if the districts unite. Educational experts Are of the opinion that centralization is the answer to better education. It stands to reason that working together and pooling our resources will result in More effective Tornabene says he is definitely for joining As a a step in the right everyone wants the Best for their children he continued and merger will be the Best even though problems will arise along with other a growing a those opposed have yet to come up with any Concrete reasons a he commented a and anyone wisely studying the current school problems and judging wisely will be in favor of mrs. Welch said she was opposed her reasons being Lack of space in Pownal and transportation problems. A i done to think our pupils would be any better off by joining at the present time a she remarked. Charles Kokoras North pow Nal school District Moderator for 15 years said townspeople should have been Given a More time to study the issues before the matter is brought to a it was his understanding that the study group appointed would be presenting its findings for further consideration of the voters during the 1965 annual meeting in june. Kokoras is also opposed to the transportation of Grade 7 and 8 pupils to another school As he feels they would Benefit More by remaining in the Village school. His main concern is that More discussion meetings should have been held in North Pownal to acquaint residents with the facts. Richard e. Champney chairman of the North Pownal school Board As one of the originators of the merger proposal says he definitely favors relinquishing the charter. He believes it will be of Benefit to both districts. Robert e. Rudd sr., clerk expressed the feeling that joining would accomplish a nothing at the present time but Cut taxes for North Pownal people although sometime in the future it might be of Richard Pudvar third member of the Board Felt that he should not make comment on the Issue. For and against mrs. Jay Buck school District treasurer for 18 years suggests caution in taking such a big step As giving up the Char a a a i a. Priced right. 196.5 Pownal a to join or not to join a that is the question to be answered wednesday night when voters of the North Pownal graded school District inc. Will gather for a special meeting at 7 30 at the school. Polls will be open from 7 30 to to . The All important Issue to be settled by ballot is whether the District will surrender its charter and join the Pownal town school District thereby also becoming a part of it. Anthony Union High school District. North Pownal High school students now attend four different area schools a in Hoosick Falls Bennington Williamstown and North Adams on a tuition basis and furnishing their own transportation. In previous votes taken by the North Pownal school District the vote was 51 no 24 yes in a special vote oct. I 1962 for application for admission to membership in the it. Anthony Union High school District and 39 no 14 yes in an earlier vote at the annual school meeting june 22, 1964 on whether or not to relinquish the charter. The old and the new the North Pownal school located on Vermont 346, was built in 1890. It is a Wood Frame building with four classrooms and lavatories on the first floor and an auditorium on the second. The outdoor area is used for a playground and baseball Field. Renovations in the past few years have included Interior and exterior painting some new flooring and conversion of the Furnace to Oil. The Pownal Center school housing grades 3-8, grades i and 2 Are taught at Oak Hill school in South Pownal was completed in 1961. It is constructed in modern architectural design with red Brick facing. There Are six classrooms teacher conference room Kitchen and storage area All decorated and lighted according to present Day standards. Playground equipment has been installed and the acreage amounts to approximately five acres allowing for needed expansion. Committee findings a committee appointed at the 1964 annual North Pownal school meeting to study pros and cons of joining the Pownal District presented its report March 15 at the Pownal Center school where it was held to allow North Pownal residents an Opportunity to View the newer building. The committee described differences in the two districts As to educational program equipment and school Plant As Well As How the system would operate As one District. Under educational program the major contrast made was single Grade classes in Pownal As opposed to Multi Grade classes in North Pownal. Both schools have music one Day per wee health service nurse benefits of United counselling service and athletic teams. Additional programs available at the Center include physical education French department to ligation in grades 6, 7 and 8 classes Are rotated with teachers instructing in their specialized Fields thereby giving the Junior High age group better preparation for entering High school Library limited and hot lunch. A misconception among several North Pownal residents is that pupils Are served lunch free. The program is of course operated on a non profit basis but it is necessary for its maintenance that a nominal fee amounting to 25 cents per Day be charged the policy in most schools. Under equipment listed in North Pownal were film strip projector and record player with additions in Pownal being overhead projector movie projector and portable science lab. Contrasts made in comparing the two school plants eight contrasts Are found North Pownal a not easily expandable does not meet All state specifications rooms do not have individual lavatories no conference room or science lab no benefits from race track Revenue eight grades a four full time teachers 1964 tax rate $6,50 Pownal a expandable meets present state specifications conference room outside exits from each room fire resistant masonry construction benefits from race track Revenue eight grades a nine full time teachers tax rate for 1964 $5.19. Shaftsbury fran Stacy 442-6524 or. Irving Adler was guest lecturer saturday at the in service Institute for secondary school teachers conducted at the University of Scranton in Scranton a. The Institute is sponsored by the National science foundation. Or. 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