Grafton votes ‘no’ on school merger; Mack ousts Turner from Select Board, Pollio beats Hall for Lisle seat

Iva Fisher, left, at 102 the oldest voter in Grafton, with her grandson’s wife, Town Clerk Kim Record. Photos by Shawn Cunningham.

By Shawn Cunningham
© 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC

The voters of Grafton voted overwhelmingly to nix the proposed merger that would create a Windham Northeast Unified School District.

As a “necessary” town, Grafton’s rejection of the plan defeats it, but it was not alone. According to a report in VTDigger, two other necessary towns – Athens and Westminster – also turned down the merger. The Grafton tally on the merger was 81 yes votes to 156 no.

All of the other articles on the ballot – including education budgets – passed by wide margins.

In the only contested races on the Grafton ballot, Joseph Pollio defeated Noralee Hall 135 to 109 for a three-year seat on the Select Board. That seat had been held by Skip Lisle, who decided not to run for re-election. Stan Mack took a two-year term from incumbent Select Board member John Turner, 140 to 103.

In addition to Pollio and Mack the following were voted into town offices running unopposed:

Moderator for one year – David Ross
Town Clerk for three years – Kim Record
Town Treasurer for three years – Kim Record
Delinquent Tax Collector for three years – Janice Atwood
Trustee of Public Funds for three years – Ronald Carey
Trustee Campbell, Woolson Funds for three years – Ronald Carey
Lister for three years – Hardy Merrill
Auditor for three years – Debe Plummer
Grand Juror for one year – Kent Armstrong
Town Agent for one year – Kim Record
Grafton Town School District Director for two years – Jack Bryar
Grafton Town School District Director for two years – vacant
Trustee of Public Library for two years – Andrea Dunmire
Trustee of Public Library for three years – Deborah Toomey
Trustee of Public Library for three years – Lucia Corwin

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About the Author: Shawn Cunningham has written a number of subjects -- from food and wine to film, history, politics, zoning and development -- for the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Post, Museum News, The Westsider, The Chelsea/Clinton News, Menckeniana, Films in Review and the East Village Eye.

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