Addition of Arlington, Sandgate to SVSU up for vote

This article by Patricia LeBoeuf originally appeared Nov. 13 in the Bennington Banner.

A redrawing of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union boundaries to include the Arlington and Sandgate school districts could be approved as early as Thursday.

The State Board of Education is set to consider expanding the boundaries of the SVSU at its Thursday meeting in Barre, as Secretary of Education Daniel M. French has recommended. The enlarged SVSU would be fully operational July 1, 2020, according to an agenda item from the board’s School Governance and Legal Team.

Daniel French

Daniel French, Vermont Education Secretary

The item is scheduled for discussion by the full board, and possibly a vote.

Oliver Olsen, a member of the state board, suggested that the Arlington and Sandgate districts be moved into the SVSU at an Oct. 29 state board meeting. Krista Huling, chairwoman of the state board, previously told the Banner that the idea came about as part of a discussion about what could be done with the Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union, which includes Arlington and Sandgate.

The BVSU is one of the smallest in the state, so the board has long considered reassigning it to another supervisory union, Huling said.

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Image courtesy of Daniel French