Act 46

Windham Southeast gets info, but no Act 46 advice

After the supervisory union asked for help with school merger talks, two state Agency of Education officials visited Wednesday. They answered numerous questions but declined to say how to proceed.

Montpelier-Roxbury the only one of week’s mergers to get nod

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.

Tale of three towns: Act 46 realities pressure small schools

Cabot and Rochester will vote this week on plans that would discontinue their high schools, while Ludlow has already rejected one.

School board members form rival lobbying group

Members of the new alliance are frustrated with the Vermont School Boards Association’s stance on the school district consolidation law, Act 46.

Montpelier-Roxbury district merger goes to voters next week

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.

Royalton voters approve merger

The ‘yes’ vote sets the stage for mergers in seven school districts in the White River region.

Act 46 revisions have some looking to step off current path

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.

Act 46 alternative school district merger rules approved

A legislative panel gives school districts more consolidation options.

Stamford eyes in interstate school district with Massachusetts town

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.

Voting mistake leads to Act 46 do-over in Dover

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.

Windham Southwest school district mergers pass

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.

With second merger vote looming, Royalton asks, ‘What if?’

Residents met this week to hear about their options, which also hinge on what happens in a revote in Rochester that’s scheduled after theirs.

Ludlow shoots down school merger plan

School district officials now must consider other options for consolidation.

Ludlow, Mount Holly to vote on school merger proposal

At the recent forum in Ludlow, some speakers talked of losing the personal and close-knit community that a high school of 150 students provides.