Chittenden East Rejects School District Merger

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Voters in five northern Vermont towns are saying no to a plan to merge school districts and have one school board oversee nine schools.

Voters in Huntington and Richmond rejected the plan yesterday, which needed the approval of voters in all five towns to pass. Eighty-one percent of Huntington voters and 54 percent of Richmond voters said no. The plan passed in Bolton, Jericho and Underhill.

If it had been approved, the plan would have covered about 2,600 students in the towns of Bolton, Huntington, Jericho, Richmond and Underhill. The towns make up the Chittenden East Supervisory Union.

Officials say a merger would save about $315,000 a year in administrative costs.

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