district mergers

Lawmakers grant Vernon new Act 46 option

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.

Merger incentives survive negotiations over education bill

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.

Most town meeting merger votes yield consolidated districts

Some will involve fewer towns than they could have, and two of the rejections hung on a single voter’s ballot in Wells.

Loss of tuition students sends town into arms of merger

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.

Digger Dialogue: Baruth has finger on the pulse of Act 46

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.

Education board gives blessing to more merger plans

They involve 30 districts and numerous towns ranging from the Northeast Kingdom to southwestern Vermont.

Woodford worries about being a casualty of Act 46 realignment

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 […]

Orange County merger gets OK from state; voters decide next

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.

The seeds of Act 46

Vermont has a history of consolidating school districts and opposition is nothing new.