Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe says the Vernon School Board has no legal authority to withdraw the school district or its statutorily appointed members from the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union Act 46 study committee.
“The Vernon School Board’s recent vote neither dissolves the Study Committee nor affects the nature of its work. If the Study Committee ultimately decides to recommend formation of a union school district then it may choose to name the Vernon School District either as a ‘necessary district’ or as an ‘advisable district,'” Holcombe wrote to the WSESU, “even if Vernon’s appointees choose not to continue to participate.”
Savings of $1 million associated with the “accelerated” merger, expected by some school officials but doubted by others, is now off the table. That pathway would have consolidated all districts within the supervisory...
VERNON >> School Board members voted to leave the Act 46 Study Committee formed within the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union.
"We looked at this as being harmful to the towns on many levels," said Mike Hebert, Vernon Elementary School Board chairman and state representative. "We looked at it and consulted with the Select Board and they're standing firm with the School Board on this."
On Monday night, the School Board went into executive session. According to unapproved minutes, the board cited "confidential attorney-client communication made for purposes of providing professional legal services to the district with regard to the Act 46 Study Committee and potential contracts where the board finds that premature public knowledge would place the district at a substantial disadvantage."
The Select Board was invited to join the executive session and no action wa...