A Cabot-Danville-Twinfield school district unification failed in two of the communities, while Rochester backed out of its earlier endorsement of a combination with Royalton and Bethel.
Cabot and Rochester will vote this week on plans that would discontinue their high schools, while Ludlow has already rejected one.
Members of the new alliance are frustrated with the Vermont School Boards Association’s stance on the school district consolidation law, Act 46.
Proponents say it will ease tax burdens for residents of both towns, but especially tiny Roxbury. Voters in Montpelier also will decide on an unrelated tax stabilization question.
The board came out against the idea — put forward by some legislators near the end of the session — to force budget cuts if districts didn’t reach a certain outcome in negotiations with teachers.
The ‘yes’ vote sets the stage for mergers in seven school districts in the White River region.
Rochester is already well along in the process of finding a merger partner, but some residents wonder if new options written into the law let them back up and go a different way.
A student who was upset about discrimination was suspended from school.
A legislative panel gives school districts more consolidation options.
After overwhelmingly rejecting a merger with Readsboro and Halifax, the town is investigating affiliating with a school across the border in Massachusetts. However, that would require approval from both the Vermont and Massachusetts legislatures and the U.S. Congress.
State officials have discovered that the question put to residents in March included flawed language regarding school closures. A revote has been scheduled for July 11.
The spending plan is a 4.89 increase over this year’s current budget. Education property taxes will decrease 1.2 percent.
(This story by Derek Carson was published in the Bennington Banner on June 6, 2017.) BENNINGTON — With the current contract’s expiration date looming, teachers and board representatives from the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union remain in negotiation about salary and benefit details. Mount Anthony Union High School teacher Michael Molloy, who has been the mouthpiece […]
With a 173-3 vote, Stamford was the lone town in the Windham Southwest Supervisory Union to vote against mergers. Wilmington and Whitingham will merge into one district and Halifax and Readsboro into another.