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 union into something called a supervisory district. The tax relief would have been 10 cents per $100 of assessed property for homestead taxpayers in the new district for the first year. The break would drop by 2 cents every year after.
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