Lawmakers Encourage School Districts To Merge

Lawmakers hope a new approach to getting more Vermont school districts to merge will help augment an earlier effort to cut down on the number of school boards. Education officials argue mergers would result in better governance, more student opportunity and possible cost savings.

School District Seeks Revenues Rather Than Cuts

Officials in Hartford have ended a long debate about whether to save money by consolidating its three elementary schools and have instead decided to go after new revenue by attracting tuition-paying students to the high school.

Wilmington, Whitingham To Consolidate Schools

Residents of Wilmington and Whitingham voted yesterday to consolidate their elementary schools. The two southern Vermont towns, a dozen miles apart, merged their middle and high schools in 2003 and formed the Twin Valley School District.