Officials say it’s necessary
to close a school because the savings could pay for much-needed renovations to
the remaining two school buildings. Wilmington and Whitingham have repeatedly voted ‘no’ on
financing the repairs through taxes.
Residents in five Vermont towns will go to the polls Tuesday to vote on
a plan that would merge seven school districts, forming a single,
regional district with one board. Supporters say it will cut costs and improve public education. Opponents say it will strip them of any authority local communities still have over their schools.
In 2009, the Department of
Energy awarded Vermont $69 million in stimulus funds for smart grid implementation. The goal is to have a statewide smart grid in place by 2013. The state and utilities are now working to make that happen.
in the city of Vergennes overturned a Town Meeting Day decision to form a
unified union school district. The
five towns of the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union have tried three times to
form a unified union, which would allow the union’s four schools to be governed
by one school board instead of five under the current system.
For the second consecutive year, the five
towns of the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union have voted to form one unified
The vote passed along a similar
margin in 2010, but opponents in the town of Addison
were able to overturn the results in a re-vote.
Hard economic times,
shrinking student populations and rising costs have put pressure on school
districts to merge and consolidate. Only one district actually
has merger on the ballot. But the prospect of restructuring education will be a topic of discussion at
many town meetings.