Hello Bill,

Sarah McClain here. I have been meaning to write to you since we met in August at the Vermont Leadership Institute “Innovation and Transformational Leadership” final session. As a member of the MAUSD School Board, and a resident of Lincoln, I find myself at a tension point. I have read some of your writing on education in Vermont and I appreciate your perspective. Can you share your thoughts on our current predicament in Lincoln and Ripton and Starksboro and Weybridge…. the value of community elementary schools given the unbearable costs of education. I am having difficulty distinguishing between my role as an informed representative of the district and a Lincoln community member. Am I blinded by the Wendell Berry vision of rural life; the “membership” to the land and our neighbors and stubbornly not subscribing to a different delivery system which prioritizes an equity qualified by a different set of standards?