This article by Derek Carson originally appeared Dec. 27 in the Bennington Banner.
BENNINGTON — When Act 46 was signed into law in 2015, no one knew exactly what to expect from the law that promised to overhaul the way the state’s education system was governed.
In 2017, many communities’ visions for the future began to coalesce, even if many questions still remained.
In March, voters in Londonderry, Weston, Landgrove, Peru, Danby, Mt. Tabor, Manchester, Dorset and Sunderland took a major step forward when they overwhelmingly agreed to form the Taconic and Green Regional School District. The board that will oversee the pre-K through eighth grade district met for the first time in June, and began the massive undertaking of setting up the policies and procedures that will govern the new district when it takes control next July. The new district will continue to be a part of the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union, to which all its members belonged.
Elsewhere in the BRSU, Pawlet and Rupert faced a setback when the State Board of Education rejected their merger proposal in September. In a split decision, their merger committee voted in October to pursue a merger without the designation to New York state middle and high schools that had caused the state board to shoot down the proposal, leaving that issue to be decided by the new board and the state legislature. Voters approved a merger of the two school districts in November.
In the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, the merger study committee worked through the summer to put a merger proposal before voters before the deadline for tax incentives on Nov. 30.
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