School board members say the plan, which would send middle school students to Bethel and high school students to Royalton, is the last, best option for residents to comply with Act 46.
Taking advantage of a new legislative provision, residents OK’d withdrawing from a regional education district to preserve school choice and pursue alternative Act 46 solutions.
It is time to focus back on this common goal of improving educational quality and to work hand in hand with communities where consolidation has proved difficult.
Once again, Dover voters have overwhelmingly OK’d merging their school district with that of neighboring Wardsboro. In a special election Tuesday, the tally was 47-9 in favor of creating a district with shared board governance between the two towns. Both towns’ elementary schools will remain open. Dover already had approved the Act 46 merger plan […]
Royalton, Bethel and Rochester voters have been unable to agree on a consolidation plan through several votes. Now officials say a clause in their proposal offers new options.
Windham School District has 14 students, two classrooms and two teachers at its independently governed elementary school. Officials want to keep it that way, despite the provisions of Act 46.
(This story is by the Valley News, in which it first appeared June 30, 2017.) TUNBRIDGE — Residents on Thursday rejected a proposed school merger with Chelsea, the latest development in a series of consolidation votes this year in the White River Valley. The vote was 164-160. Tunbridge residents on April 11 initially approved the […]
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.
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 ‘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.