Voters have gone back and forth to the polls in Royalton, Bethel, Rochester and Tunbridge. Now things are beginning to shake out with state approval of a planned Bethel-Royalton merger.
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 […]
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.
Language in a bill approved last week by the Legislature allows Vernon to extricate itself from a regional educational union. That may break a logjam in merger talks.
A conference committee worked out a deal reflecting both legislative chambers’ priority issues. For the Senate the sticking point had to do with draft rules on private schools.
Some will involve fewer towns than they could have, and two of the rejections hung on a single voter’s ballot in Wells.
Waterville had rejected a unified district, then learned it would lose money from a town that joined. “We were all in shock when we realized there would be big consequences for towns voting separately,” said a resident.
School district mergers are moving forward at a brisk pace under the law, but the new chair of the Senate Education Committee says school mergers won’t follow unless that’s what local voters want.
They involve 30 districts and numerous towns ranging from the Northeast Kingdom to southwestern Vermont.
Editor’s note: This story by Derek Carson first appeared in the Bennington Banner on April 7. WOODFORD — The Woodford School Board met on Wednesday, and expressed concern about the state of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union’s Act 46 study committee. After Bennington officials declared they were investigating withdrawing from the SU and forming their […]
Voters in Randolph, Brookfield and Braintree will decide on Town Meeting Day whether to replace their supervisory union’s five boards and budgets with one — a move that is projected to bring modest savings but other advantages.
Vermont has a history of consolidating school districts and opposition is nothing new.