Since 2008, the same year Regional School Unit 5 was formed, we have witnessed many changes. Among them:

The deepest recession since the Great Depression; dramatic reductions in state education funding; implementation of Common Core Standards; proficiency-based diploma requirements; new standardized testing requirements; significant changes in state property valuations that determine what each town is required to pay towards education.

The result has been classroom changes some object to, as well as double-digit tax increases in Pownal and Durham.

Many have demonized RSU 5 as the culprit, but these are all state and federal issues that have nothing to do with being in an RSU. They will still be there regardless of the election results. Failure to understand this has led to ill-informed votes and poor decisions in all three towns.

There are certainly issues to be dealt with, but withdrawal is not the solution. We are better together.

Kevin Nadeau