If state officials give the go-ahead, voters in Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford and Putney will consider merging school districts Nov. 7.
Taking advantage of a new legislative provision, residents OK’d withdrawing from a regional education district to preserve school choice and pursue alternative Act 46 solutions.
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.
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.
The supervisory union’s Act 46 study committee has decided not to push for a controversial merger vote. Instead, it will ask the State Board of Education for advice on how to move forward.
Vernon officials want to leave the regional school union due to Act 46 concerns, but they were blocked last month by Dummerston voters. A revote is scheduled for Feb. 21.
Dummerston voted Tuesday against allowing Vernon to withdraw from a regional school union, setting the stage for more Act 46-related uncertainty.
Many districts have merged, but they are not seeing the promised savings.
Voters in Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford and Putney will decide on Nov. 8 whether to merge school districts. They’ll also decide whether to allow Vernon to leave a regional high school union, leading some to worry about voter confusion and town clerks’ workload.
Editor’s note: This article by Chris Mays was first published in the Brattleboro Reformer. BRATTLEBORO — Town Meeting representatives and residents are invited to take a last look at articles of agreement for a potential merger with school districts within the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union. “This will be the final presentation of the proposed articles […]
Editor’s note: This commentary is by Jill Stahl Tyler, who is a member of the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee. It was first published in the Brattleboro Reformer on June 11. t is good that we all care about our schools and our kids. It is even better when we, the voters […]