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Small crowd for Mill River merger meeting in Ludlow

Small crowd for Mill River merger meeting in Ludlow

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Considering the emotion that has swirled around the question of what should happen to Black River High School in the Act 46 school consolidation, a surprisingly small crowd turned out on Monday night to hear about and ask questions on the plan. Subtracting board members, Two Rivers […]

Act 46 RED goes to voters: What will merger mean?

Act 46 RED goes to voters: What will merger mean?

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Next Tuesday, May 2, the voters of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester will decide whether they will join their existing school districts into a new, unified one to fulfill the requirements of the state’s school consolidation law. The Regional Education District — or RED — that will […]

Between school mergers and splits: How did we get here?

Between school mergers and splits: How did we get here?

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Enacted by the Vermont legislature in the spring of 2015, Act 46 was designed to improve education opportunities for Vermont students while lowering the cost of providing those opportunities through mergers that would scale up the state’s schools and help create efficiencies. And that’s more than just […]

Chester info meeting on unified school district set for May 1

Chester info meeting on unified school district set for May 1

The Two Rivers Supervisory Union will hold a presentation and informational meeting on the proposed Green Mountain Unified School District, which will include the towns of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester,  at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 1 at Chester Town Hall, 556 Elm St. in Chester. Below is its agenda. Presentation Voting Details for […]

Andover info meeting on unified school district set for April 29

Andover info meeting on unified school district set for April 29

The Two Rivers Supervisory Union will hold a presentation and informational meeting on the proposed Green Mountain Unified School District, to include the towns of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 29 at Andover Town Hall, 953 Weston Andover Road. Below is its agenda. Presentation Voting Details for May 2, […]

Mt. Holly-Ludlow school merger info meeting set for April 24

Mt. Holly-Ludlow school merger info meeting set for April 24

An informational meeting on the Section 721 Merger of the Mount Holly and Ludlow school districts into the Mill River Unified Union School Districts will be held on the 2nd floor of Ludlow Town Hall, 37 S. Depot St., at 6 p.m. Monday, April 24. Below is the agenda. Presentation Voting Details for May 30, […]

May 2 voting set on Green Mountain Act 46 merger

May 2 voting set on Green Mountain Act 46 merger

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The town school boards and town clerks of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester met at Green Mountain Union High School on Monday, March 27, to lay out and agree to the process for holding votes on forming a Regional Education District to fulfill their obligations under the […]

State Ed Board OKs TRSU RED plan; town votes eyed for May 2

State Ed Board OKs TRSU RED plan; town votes eyed for May 2

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC At its Tuesday, March 21 meeting, the Vermont State Board of Education gave the go-ahead to four area towns to put an Act 46 merger proposal before their voters on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. The approval by the Agency of Education and the Board of Education was […]

TRSU Act 46 merger committee approves four-town RED proposal

TRSU Act 46 merger committee approves four-town RED proposal

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Two Rivers Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee voted last night (Thursday, Feb. 23) to approve the subcommittee report that recommends the creation of a Regional Education District (RED) from Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester.  If approved by the Vermont Board of Education at its March […]

Ludlow-Mt. Holly Act 46 subcommittee explores options without GMUHS

Ludlow-Mt. Holly Act 46 subcommittee explores options without GMUHS

By Shawn Cunningham ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC As they negotiated the fate of their beloved Black River High School, the crowd at Ludlow Elementary on Tuesday night seemed to be navigating the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. A week earlier, after more than a year of fact finding and negotiation, […]

Ludlow, Mt. Holly to look at Act 46 options Wednesday Jan. 25

Ludlow, Mt. Holly to look at Act 46 options Wednesday Jan. 25

© 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Members of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee who represent Ludlow and Mount Holly will meet on Wednesday Jan. 25 as a sub-committee to identify and discuss their next steps in light of the recent vote to allow a sub-committee representing Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester to […]

Four TRSU towns look to merge; Ludlow, Mt. Holly seek 'Plan B'

Four TRSU towns look to merge; Ludlow, Mt. Holly seek ‘Plan B’

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC After presentations on the scenario recommended by its superintendent and often emotional but inconclusive discussions of the plan, the Two Rivers Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee voted to allow Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester to study forming a Regional Education District (RED) within TRSU. That subcommittee […]

Act 46 panel reverses course, looks at 'scenarios' to save BRHS, meets in Chester tonight

Act 46 panel reverses course, looks at ‘scenarios’ to save BRHS, meets in Chester tonight

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last month, the Two Rivers Supervisory Union’s Act 46 Merger Study Committee voted to set aside all but one of the options it had considered and move forward on consolidating into a single district. But by its next meeting – on Jan. 11 – “a cluster” of […]

Surprising itself, TRSU Act 46 panel leans toward merger option

Surprising itself, TRSU Act 46 panel leans toward merger option

By Shawn Cunningham © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC After more than a year of looking at the options for school consolidation, the Two Rivers Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee seemed to surprise itself by backing into a merger option to put before the state Board of Education and the voters of the towns in […]

Andover board wrestles with Act 46, addresses relationship with Chester institutions

Andover board wrestles with Act 46, addresses relationship with Chester institutions

By Shawn Cunningham © 2016 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Ahead of a public information session on the Act 46 school consolidation law, the Andover Select Board on Monday got an update on the progress of efforts to “study the advisability of forming a union school district” from school board member Joe Fromberger. Pointing to a 20 […]

Which option? Act 46 merger forum at CAES next Tuesday

Which option? Act 46 merger forum at CAES next Tuesday

By Shawn Cunningham © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC On March 7, 2017,  the residents of Chester, Andover, Cavendish, Baltimore, Ludlow and Mt. Holly will likely vote to decide which form a state mandated school consolidation will take for them. Those decisions could have profound effects on the quality of educational opportunities for their students, the […]

TRSU Act 46 study panel reboots, takes comments on merger proposal

TRSU Act 46 study panel reboots, takes comments on merger proposal

By Shawn Cunningham © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC After nearly a year of meetings focusing on planning, finance, property and governance, the Act 46 study committee for Two Rivers Supervisory Union has – in effect – gone back to the drawing board and started over. Last night in Ludlow, the committee outlined what it was […]

Ludlow to host Act 46 public informational forum Jan. 26, 2016

The Ludlow Elementary and U39 School Boards will host an informational forum regarding Act 46 at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 at Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium, 37 Depot St. The Act 46 legislation – which aims to improve educational opportunities, while reducing costs – has the potential to significantly impact the future of education for students in Ludlow, […]

Educators, legislators address school funding, consolidation

Educators, legislators address school funding, consolidation

By Shawn Cunningham © 2015 Telegraph Publishing LLC About 120 people attended state Rep. Oliver Olsen’s Legislative Forum on education funding and school consolidation (Act 46) on Monday at Flood Brook School in Londonderry. While Olsen gave a nuts and bolts presentation to explain how the school funding system currently works, it became clear that […]