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Act 46 Voting Leads to the Creation of Six New Unified School Districts


  • File: Matthew Thorsen
Thirty-eight towns voted Tuesday to create six new unified school districts across Vermont in the latest round of Act 46 mergers, according to unofficial results provided by the Agency of Education.

A record total of 57 towns voted on mergers on Town Meeting Day, with 62 percent of residents voting in favor of the proposals, according to statistics the Agency of Education compiled. Bloomfield had yet to report its results, while a revote was needed in Plymouth.

In Wells, a one-vote difference stalled mergers involving schools in the Rutland Central and Rutland Southwest supervisory unions. Town residents can petition for a revote within 30 days of Town Meeting Day.

Two district votes failed Tuesday. Wardsboro and Marlboro voted against joining the River Valley Unified Union School District, while three of four towns in the proposed Windham Northeast UUSD voted against a merger.

Since the school-district consolidation law went into effect in 2015, and before Tuesday's vote, residents in 58 towns had voted to merge 66 school districts into 14 union school districts.

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