Woodford votes ‘No’ again on school merger, thwarting proposed Mount Anthony Unified School District

This article by Derek Carson originally appeared Jan. 9 in the Bennington Banner.

WOODFORD — Tuesday’s re-vote of the school district merger proposal in Woodford re-confirmed the initial results, and by an even wider margin.

In the initial vote, taken on Nov. 7, Woodford voted against the merger 36-38. This time, with higher higher turnout, the result was not quite as close, with 38 voting in favor and 58 opposed.

The merger would have created the Mount Anthony Unified School District out of Bennington, Shaftsbury, Woodford, and the Mount Anthony Union District, and would have assumed all of the assets and liabilities of those districts as of July 1, 2019. The new district would have been governed by a board, elected and proportioned similarly to the current MAU board, and would have been part of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, along with Pownal and North Bennington’s elementary school districts.

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