NEWARK – Residents from Franklin and Highgate followed the State Board of Education to their meeting in Newark Wednesday morning to protest a recommended Act 46 merger that could, pending the education board’s decision, forcibly merge their schools with Swanton to create a Missisquoi Valley Unified School District.
Act 46 created a multi-year process in which districts were encouraged to merge to their governance with neighboring districts with the goal of reducing administrative overhead and improving educational opportunities. Districts which did not do so risked being ordered to merge by the state.
NEWARK, Vt. — During a State Board of Education meeting in Newark last Wednesday, schoolboards and community members from Montgomery and Sheldon protested the acting Secretary of Education recommendation that they merge with the now unified Berkshire-Bakersfield school district.
Passed in 2015, Act 46 created a multi-year process that encouraged school districts to voluntarily merge with neighboring districts to reduce administrative spending and improve educational outcomes. Districts could forego voluntary mergers with the understanding that the state might order them to merge in the future.