- Associated Press - Sunday, May 28, 2017

WILMINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Members of a southern Vermont school board say they support a proposal to merge school districts in order to take advantage of incentives offered by the state.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports (https://bit.ly/2qo2kmu ) Whitingham and Wilmington residents will vote May 31 on the creation of a Twin Valley unified union district.

Twin Valley School Board Chairman Seth Boyd says the merger would not be a big change for Twin Valley, and they’ve “done all the work already.”

If approved, the incentives include 8 cents off the education tax rate in the first year of consolidation. The districts would combine to form a seven-member Twin Valley school board.

Boyd says if the vote fails, the district could be forced to merge by the state board of education under a school consolidation law.

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Information from: Brattleboro Reformer, https://www.reformer.com/


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