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Raymond votes to leave Windham School Department

The town of Raymond has begun the process of withdrawing from RSU 14, or the Windham School Department. (WGME)

RAYMOND (WGME) – The Town of Raymond has begun the process of withdrawing from RSU 14, or the Windham School Department.

In a special meeting Tuesday night, 301 people voted, 171 for withdrawal and 128 against.

Raymond Town Manager Don Willard says the vote is a sign of ineffective communication from Windham, as well as a failure by the RSU administration to stick to a cost sharing agreement.

"I see this as an opportunity, I think the overarching issue to me is the notion of schools of excellence,” Willard said. “Raymond has had a reputation, a tradition of schools of excellence, I’m not saying anything negative about the Windham schools, but it's an exciting opportunity to reopen the issue of education in Raymond."

Willard says this is just step five of a 22-step process, and will probably take more than a year.

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