On Nov. 7 voters of Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury, and Woodford will be asked to decide whether or not to adopt a proposal that would bring their schools into compliance with Act 46 by merging the districts into a single pre-K through 12 district with one board and one budget.
“If I fail with this lawsuit there will be no local control of schools in Vermont. This is a last stand. This is it.”
The Vermont League of Cities and Towns is asking lawmakers to review Act 46 to hold the education governance law accountable to its promises.
Another proposed district merger has failed, and now a handful of schools in Windsor County face an uncertain future as the next Act 46 deadline approaches.
A group of active and former school board members are behind a complaint to the U.S. Department of Justice alleging that Act 46 violates numerous federal laws.
Like Washington Central Supervisory Union, about 100 districts have not merged under Act 46 and have no scheduled merger vote. Of that number, around 40 are weighing an alternative governance structure.
Another school merger vote was denied by Vermonters last week, leaving another local community with looming deadlines to conform to Act 46, the state’s 2015 school district consolidation law.
Another Act 46 school merger vote has a local community on edge over the possibility of losing its school.