Act 46 proposal fails by 4 votes in Pownal, 2 in Woodford

This article by Derek Carson originally appeared Tuesday in the Bennington Banner.

BENNINGTON — The merger proposal that would have created the Mount Anthony Unified School District out of the Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury, Woodford, and Mount Anthony Union school districts has failed.

After passing with almost two-thirds of the vote in Shaftsbury and three-quarters of the vote in Bennington, the proposal was defeated by four votes in Pownal and two votes in Woodford. The ballot article would have needed positive votes in three out of the four communities to pass.

In total the four communities supported the endeavor by a vote of 1,533 to 766. Bennington voted 965-338, Shaftsbury 322-176, Pownal 210-214, and Woodford 36-38.

The results will need to be ratified by the Agency of Education before they are considered official.

 

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