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More school boards join suit over forced school mergers

November 30, 2018

WESTMINSTER, Vt. (AP) — More Vermont school boards have decided to join a suit against the state Board of Education concerning forced school mergers.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports representatives from Westminster, Grafton and Athens districts voted Wednesday to join the lawsuit. Under Act 46, the districts would merge under a single district with one budget. A new, six-member board would be created for the three districts.

The boards say towns may lose control over spending and small elementary schools could close as a result.

Bryar and Westminster School Board chairman David Major says the mandates aren’t possible.

The Alliance of Vermont School Board has organized a defense fund.

Meanwhile, one union wants a two-year delay for a merger and boundary redrawing scheduled to for 2019. The Bennington Banner reports the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union board voted Wednesday.

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Information from: Brattleboro Reformer, http://www.reformer.com/

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