"HUNTINGTON - Huntington voters have decided to keep their elementary school separate from a regional, consolidated district.The unofficial vote against the merger with Mount Mansfield Modified Union district was 413-370, Town Clerk Heidi Racht said.The Town Meeting Day ballot marked the third time townspeople have voted to preserve local governance of Brewster-Pierce Memorial School, which turns 50 this year.The MMMU district was formed after a November 2014 vote by Bolton, Jericho, Richmond and Underhill residents. Those towns’ schools report savings as a result of pooled resources." from Huntington Rejects School District Merger
Huntington residents are committed to the Brewster Pierce preK-4 school. The community has repeatedly voted against becoming full members in Mount Mansfield Modified Union School District. Huntington shares the superintendent, is represented on the 15-member school board and has students attending Mount Mansfield schools for grades 5-12.
Megs Keir, former chair of the Huntington School Board, said residents weren’t casting protest votes against Act 46, they just love their local school. “We are more pro our school district and that is really what it is about,” Keir said. “It isn’t about being against something. Our representative on the unified district board gets along just fine with the rest of the district.”
When eight other Chittenden East towns gave up their school boards to join Mount Mansfield, Huntington held out. They kept their school board and were able to take advantage of a transitional tax benefit for students in grades 5-12.
There is a great spirit of support for the local school,” said Keir. “People really value having the opportunity to come to monthly board meetings and interact with board members.” from Five School District Mergers Approved on Town Meeting
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