Act 46

Black River High School Middle School with a snowy lawn and a sign out front that says Our School, Our Community.
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Black River High School students, from Ludlow and Mount Holly, have been studying together at Black River since middle school. But unless a vote held in November is reversed, their school could be closing before some of these students graduate.

The Cabot School Board unanimously approved filing an Alternative Governance Structure proposal with the Vermont Agency of Education to maintain its pre-K through 12 school.
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School Directors in Cabot are asking the state to approve a plan that would keep the town’s high school open and market the school to out-of-state students.

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A new Joint Fiscal Office study found that the state will spend almost $31 million for school districts that merged under Act 46.

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Vermont's school district consolidation law was never supposed to work in every single community.

Voters have rejected two of the three Act 46 school district consolidation plans up for consideration Tuesday.

Putney Central School students make their way down into the school forest. Putney residents will vote on turning the forest over to the town before an Act 46 merger vote.
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In some Vermont school districts, the issues of assets and debt are complicating their Act 46 merger plans. In Putney, voters will weigh in on what to do with the Putney Central School Forest about a week before the district's Act 46 vote.

Voters in Cabot gathered for a community forum held by the school board on Thursday, Oct. 5. The board is considering its next move in an attempt to comply with Act 46. The fate of the local high school hangs in the balance.
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After years of declining enrollment, the Cabot School Board is considering closing its 55-student high school. But some residents believe they have a viable plan to keep it open.

Members of the Windham Souitheast Supervisory Union Act 46 Committee goes over a presentation for the district's voters at a recent meeting.
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At the end of the last Legislative session lawmakers extended the deadlines for Act 46, the state's school district consolidation law. As the new Nov. 30 deadline approaches, districts are now finishing up their work and preparing for a new round of votes on the merger plans.

The town of Vernon voted Tuesday to leave the Brattleboro Union High School district.

The Cabot School Board unanimously approved filing an Alternative Governance Structure proposal with the Vermont Agency of Education to maintain its pre-K through 12 school.
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On Tuesday, the towns of Cabot, Danville, Marshfield and Plainfield will vote on merging into one school district under Act 46. If all four towns vote "yes," it will be the beginning of the end for Cabot High School.

On Tuesday, Royalton will vote for a second time on whether to merge with Bethel and Rochester school districts to form the White River Unified School District.

The tiny southern Vermont town of Stamford rejected its Act 46 merger plan Wednesday, and the town will now look into an interstate school district with nearby Clarksburg, Massachusetts.

The tiny town of Stamford is looking into forming a new school district with nearby Clarksburg, Massachusetts, to meet the provisions of Act 46.

Despite several years of trying, some Vermont school districts haven't been able to come up with merger plans under Act 46, the state's school district consolidation law.

School districts in central and southern Vermont are set to merge after voters approved three Act 46 school district consolidation plans Tuesday.

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Voters in Waterville went to the polls for the third time in a year on Tuesday to vote on an Act 46 school district merger. This time the question passed 113-35, meaning Waterville will be part of the Lamoille North Modified Unified Union when it officially forms July 1.

The town of Royalton has voted against merging with Bethel and Rochester school districts. This vote will halt several proposed school consolidations in the area.

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Vermont's school district consolidation law is at a crossroads. Act 46 was set up in three phases, and the second phase ends July 1. After that, districts that haven't been able to get a merger plan approved by the voters have to put together a so-called alternative structure plan.

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The Twin Valley School District might go to court to fight the state's education funding formula.

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Town Meeting Day voters weighed in on 10 Act 46 school district merger plans Tuesday. The results were almost split, with six plans gaining approval and four plans being rejected by voters.

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