Some Vermont school district mergers on hold

January 11, 2019 | VT Digger

Merger activity is on a brief hiatus for a group of school districts appealing forced consolidations ordered by the Agency of Education and the State Board of Education.

The group includes 31 school districts and towns that filed a suit on Dec. 20 challenging the State Board of Education’s final reorganization of districts on the grounds that the board’s action was unconstitutional did not follow education laws.

Lawyers on both sides agreed Monday to postpone installing transitional school boards until at least the third week of February. Under Act 46, transitional boards are charged with adopting a proposed budget for the new unified district and generally preparing to implement the merger.

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