This article by Susan Smallheer originally appeared Nov. 13 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
WESTMINSTER — The Westminster School Board has voted to go to court if necessary to fight the forced merger of its schools with the towns of Athens and Grafton.
David Major, chairman of the Westminster School Board, said the board voted unanimously to pursue legal action to fight the merger, which was approved by the state Board of Education earlier in the month. A final vote on the forced Act 46 merger plan is slated for Nov. 30.
Major said the school board and members of the community, including teachers and school board members from surrounding towns, met last week to discuss the issue.
“It was nice to have so many people show support,” he said.
The school board authorized him to talk with lawyers and other towns that are also unhappy with the Act 46 mergers, he said.
Major said that at least seven lawyers are working on a legal challenge to Act 46’s constitutionality.
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