Vermont’s Education Commissioner Speaks on Consolidation

A few days ago, I brought you the news that Vermont is considering a similar move to consolidate their school districts.  Vermont officials were keeping their sights on Maine’s consolidation efforts so far.  Maine officials, including David Silvernail of the Maine Education Policy Research Institute traveled to Vermont to shed some light on what has been going on here.  Vermont officials had similar concerns as many Mainers.  Chief were concerns that Vermont’s consolidation plans be effective and equitable to all communities involved.

A new update from the Green Mountain State shows that Vermont officials are committed to not making the same misteps that were made in Maine.  Vermont’s Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca stated he was glad communities were discussing consolidation plans, but was not in a hurry to push things, at least not without giving Vermonters the facts.  “Now it’s a positive sign that people are at least having that conversation,” Vilaseca said. “Asking the questions doesn’t mean we are going to do anything. But voters and boards can get the facts.”

Read the whole article(Hat-Tip to MDISchools) which goes in depth on Vermont’s declining enrollment, property tax issues, and possible consolidations in the works.

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