- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 28, 2018

WINDHAM, Vt. (AP) - Residents in Windham, Vermont, have voted to close a local school instead of moving forward with a forced merger.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports Windham School Board chairwoman Carolyn Partridge confirmed Monday that residents had approved the closing in a 67-to-11 vote. Under the plan, the grades K-6 school will be sold to the town along with its bus.

The school had been slated for a merger with other West River Valley districts as part of Act 46.

Windham plans to reopen the school as an independent program. According to Partridge, the school’s two teachers support the decision.

In Irasburg, school officials have voted to join other school boards suing the state Board of Education against forced mergers. The Caledonian-Record reports the Irasburg School Board voted Monday to join the suit.

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