This article by Chris Mays originally appeared June 4 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
WINDHAM — Acting Vermont Secretary of Education Heather Bouchey and the Agency of Education are suggesting a merger for Windham Elementary School District, which has opposed one during earlier Act 46 talks.
“The secretary trusts that the community’s concern for the well-being of all their children will impel them eventually to embrace the opportunities of a unified structure and work together to improve educational opportunities and equity for all students in the region,” says a proposed plan released Friday by the agency.
The merger would mean Windham would have to join Jamaica, Townshend, NewBrook and Leland & Gray Union High School districts in the West River Modified Unified Union School District.
The agency said Windham’s K-6 average daily membership has fluctuated over the last five fiscal years, staying in the mid-teens except for 20 students in FY15.
Even if the school gets a projected 35 students, it would be the fourth smallest K-6 school in the state, according to the plan.
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