Recommendations issued on school cost containment

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A legislative committee that was set up to find ways to cut Vermont’s education costs issued its recommendations on Thursday. The committee focused on helping small schools to consolidate, encouraging multi-district contract negotiations, and lowering energy costs.

Representative Richard Marron, a Republican from Stowe, led the study committee. He says school consolidation is the most important cost-containment issue facing Vermont right now.

Some small schools, such as those in Wilmington and Whitingham, have agreed recently to join forces. Several others in towns like Westford, Essex, and Essex Junction are studying the issue now.

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