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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It will help the school restructure debt and shift its emphasis more toward online courses. The loan was approved in January but not announced publicly.
Last month’s no vote not only affected Royalton and its merger partners, but also prevented other towns from realizing their merger plans.
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.
Voters in Royalton, Sharon, Strafford and Tunbridge all passed a resolution saying they oppose David R. Hall’s plans for a massive development in the area. He says he’s undeterred.
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The Alliance for Vermont Communities was formed to oppose the plan of a Utah man who wants to establish a carbon-neutral, self-sustaining city on 5,000 acres in central Vermont.
Citing the potential for opposition protesters, David Hall has backed out of a presentation on Oct. 4 to the Royalton Planning Commission about his plan to build a sustainable, high-density settlement for thousands of people near the birthplace of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith.