By Associated Press - Thursday, August 16, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Representatives from multiple school districts in Vermont have presented arguments to the State Board of Education against the state’s district merger plan.

About a third of the state’s school districts are seeking alternatives to the mergers as required under Act 46.

Blue Mountain Union School Board members said Wednesday 67 percent of residents would rather the high school shut down and they have school choice than a forced merger.

Cabot School Board officials say they are open to merging with Danville, but the uncertainty about its future has led to students and experienced teachers leaving.

Newbury School Board Chairman Paul Jewett says local taxpayers are facing “onerous increases” due to the proposed merger.

The Board of Education has until Nov. 30 to act on recommendations.

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