Thomas McHenry said a long-term question will be how the small school remains independent. “That’s the elephant in the room,” he said, “and the answer is: We do it creatively.”
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.
Anti-merger advocates in South Royalton suggested that residents would lose their school if they voted for the district consolidation plan.
After a long process of community conversations, the school districts of Rochester, Bethel and Royalton vote Tuesday on a merger plan.
Act 46 is not aimed at consolidating schools, rather it is intended to address the fiscal, equality and opportunity issues that our schools are facing.
At the South Royalton High School, 80 volunteers removed 6 inches to 8 inches of mud clinging to the floor of the building and threw out everything the water touched, including band instruments, art supplies and books.