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Districts told to meet merger deadlines during lawsuit delay

January 13, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The delay in a court case challenging Vermont’s school merger law is making an already confusing process even more complicated.

A group of school districts appealed the State Board of Education’s plan forcing some districts to merge with their neighbors, but the court case was put on hold last week after the two sides agreed they need more time. Vermont Public Radio reports that the Agency of Education is recommending that districts abide by the deadlines spelled out in the consolidation law, known as Act 46, in the meantime.

Districts were supposed to hold organizational meetings this month for the newly merged boards, but those meetings are on hold and officials have been wondering if it will be possible to meet the July 1 deadline to create the new districts.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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