This article by Patricia LeBoeuf originally appeared Aug. 29 in the Bennington Banner.
Same concerns, different document. That’s how some local district board members of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union described their thoughts about recently-released draft default Articles of Agreement from the Agency of Education, which, if adopted, would govern how school districts will function under upcoming mergers implemented through Act 46.
The draft articles could be changed, as the state Board of Education will issue a final statewide plan in connection with Act 46 by Nov. 30.
Under the draft articles, released Aug. 22, each town in merged districts would have two seats on the new union district board — no matter the size of the town.
This model of board representation could be amended after a year, but only the voters would have the authority to change it.
For some school district board members in the SVSU, that governance model is a concern.
It’s contrary to the idea put forth by the Mount Anthony Unified School District second merger study committee, which recommended four seats for Bennington, two for North Bennington, two for Pownal, two for Shaftsbury and one for Woodford.
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