The independent school set an opening day record on Aug. 23, with an overall enrollment of 756 students. Its incoming class of 183 freshmen is also an all-time high, according to the school.
The draft articles of agreement provide protection against closure for two academic years, 2019-20 and 2020-21, unless the closure is approved by voters living in the town where the school is located.
While the state government doubles down on implementing forced school district mergers under Act 46, a host of local residents and stakeholders are threatening to close down schools rather than subject them to the Act 46 process.
On Primary Day, voters in Groton, Wells River and Ryegate voted to close Blue Mountain Union School to prevent a Montpelier-forced merger.
Essex High School is losing its school bus service at the start of the school year and students are being asked to utilize public transportation to get themselves to school.
This tendency toward viewpoint discrimination in schools is actually one of the best arguments for school choice. School choice would allow parents and communities to reclaim control over content in their schools. It might also allow schools to refocus on the more politically neutral areas of core knowledge.
The appointment of French, who for nine years was superintendent of the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union, was announced on Thursday by Gov. Phil Scott at the Statehouse in Montpelier.
The District ranked 49 out of 51 in a study done by finance website Wallet Hub. Only Louisiana and New Mexico obtained lower scores.
“[There are] one or two people out in the community that are not for it, and I think it’s probably from an anti-gun standpoint, really,” Lee County School Board member Rob Hines said.
The Scott administration this week announced $4 million in state grants are going to be available for school safety measures such as advanced door locks and surveillance technology.
Ten universities have changed their policies regarding hate speech, harassment and other issues so that students who espouse objectionable opinions can do so without fear of punishment.