Berlin attempting to lure Milan, Dummer to join SAU 3
The Berlin board's decision to pursue the possibility came after comments made by Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier at a city council meeting to discuss the school budget. He stated at that meeting that he believed Berlin could provide administrative services for less and asked the school board to pursue it.
Both the Milan and Dummer school districts are served by SAU 20, which also serves the GRS (Gorham, Randolph and Shelburne) Cooperative. A committee was formed last year to study whether it was feasible for Milan and Dummer to join the GRS towns in forming a new cooperative. Dummer residents voted at the school district meeting this month not to continue and the town has withdrawn from the study.
"The city has a different system than the towns. I don't have an answer as to whether or not we can provide services," she said.
"I think it's a little more complicated than he (Grenier) realizes," Milan School Board Chairman Patricia Shute said. "There are a lot of steps, a lot of exploration, a lot of work to do to see if it can even happen."
The relevant state law is RSA 194-C.
Generally, the process would start with a question on the school warrants or an official ballot asking if the town/city wants to form a planning committee. If the planning committee recommends a change (withdrawal and/or reorganization) the committee must prepare a plan. A public hearing on the plan is held and it is submitted to the state board of education, then to voters. It requires a 3/5 approval.
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