district merger

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.

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.

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.

Latest district merger plans come with some quirks

One would join Montpelier — with more than 1,000 students — and tiny Roxbury even though they aren’t adjacent. Residents in another area have conditioned their approval on tax breaks.

Royalton residents successfully petition for merger revote

Last month’s no vote not only affected Royalton and its merger partners, but also prevented other towns from realizing their merger plans.

State board approves merger plan that comes with conditions

In Caledonia County, several districts would combine only if another merger or a change in statute comes about that would result in tax breaks. The board also OK’d proposals in southern Vermont.

After defeat, Royalton residents seek new merger vote

One of the residents said she was convinced a revote was needed when community members began telling her they voted against the plan without understanding all the facts.

State erasing alleged bias on district merger exemptions

Some had argued the standards for districts that couldn’t or didn’t want to merge were more stringent than the rules for those that were uniting under the law.

House committee puts own spin on Act 46 flexibility

The panel accommodated requests from more than 30 House members to add more language from H.15, a bill once described as offering so much flexibility as to gut the intent of Act 46.

Education committee endorses more flexibility under Act 46

Lawmakers are trying to create more options for parts of the state that have not found it easy to meet the goals of the school district merger law.

Bennington election sweep boosts momentum for Act 46 talks

Three candidates who have said they’re open to or support the concept of a regional school district were elected in place of three skeptics or outright opponents.

Administration hails district merger votes as path to savings

Nearly 60 percent of Vermont students now live, or will soon be living, in a unified district, according to the administration.

Northshire school district merger overwhelmingly approved

The merger passed in every town by at least a 2-to-1 margin, according to an official. It will combine districts in nine towns into one, with about 1,700 students.

Windham County Act 46 votes a mixed bag

Voters in Windham Central Supervisory Union accepted one school district merger but rejected another. In Windham Northeast, a merger of four towns failed.