Act 46 School District Merger Information

Act 46 School District Merger Information

Both WNESU and WSESU have district merger proposals to be brought to voters at Town Meeting in March. The process directed by the law required a merger proposal along with advocacy for merging. Attention to opposing arguments was not encouraged by the process stipulated in the district consolidation law. There is a local group that has formed to help inform voters of different perspectives on the merger proposals. There are a variety of questions about merging, one of which, at least in the proposal in WNESU, would eliminate school choice, which has allowed so many students to attend Compass regardless of their family’s financial situation. If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about opposition to these merger plans, the group working on this has their next meetings Nov 16 and 30 at 7:00 at the Putney library. All are welcome to join them. The group—Local Communities for Local Schools—has a website at: infoact46.org . The group will have a table at polling places on Nov. 8 if anyone wants to help with that in their town. For more information, you can contact Paul E. Normandeau at pendvt@gmail.com.