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Ludlow nixes Mill River merger, Mt. Holly votes yes; Merger heads back to Act 46 drawing board

Ludlow nixes Mill River merger, Mt. Holly votes yes;
Merger heads back to Act 46 drawing board

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Voters in Ludlow today defeated a proposed merger between that town and its U-39 partner Mount Holly with the Mill River Unified Union School District in Clarendon. The vote in Ludlow was 245 for and 527 against the merger out of a total checklist of 1,588 voters […]

More speak against merger at Ludlow meeting

More speak against merger at Ludlow meeting

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC A crowd of nearly 80 people gathered in President’s Hall at the Ludlow Elementary School on a warm sunny evening last Tuesday to hear a presentation and ask questions about the proposed merger of the Ludlow and Mount Holly schools into the Mill River Unified Union School […]

NEWS ANALYSIS: How an Act 46 merger became a separation

NEWS ANALYSIS: How an Act 46 merger became a separation

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC In two weeks, the voters of Ludlow and Mount Holly will go to the polls to decide whether to close Black River High School and become part of the Mill River Unified Union School District in Clarendon. This was the direction chosen by representatives of those towns […]

Ludlow group plans 'life beyond a no vote' on Mill River merger

Ludlow group plans ‘life beyond a no vote’ on Mill River merger

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC About 20 members of the loosely organized group that wants to keep Black River High School open met at the Ludlow Community Center on Thursday evening to plan for how children could be educated if the town rejects the proposed merger of the Ludlow and Mount Holly […]

Four towns OK Green Mountain RED merger; voter turnout low

Four towns OK Green Mountain RED merger; voter turnout low

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Although turnout numbers were low, voters in Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester today, approved an Act 46 merger of the six districts that comprise their school system into the Green Mountain Unified School District. The new district will operate Chester-Andover Elementary School, Cavendish Town Elementary and Green […]

Pre-vote Act 46 discussion hits lots of topics at Andover meeting

Pre-vote Act 46 discussion hits lots of topics at Andover meeting

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Just three days ahead of a vote on forming a Regional Education District — or RED — several members of the Andover community attending an information meeting at Andover Town Hall were more focused on Act 60 – the school funding statute – than on Act 46 […]

Questions abound at Act 46 merger meeting in Cavendish

Questions abound at Act 46 merger meeting in Cavendish

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC About 40 community members gathered in the cafeteria of Cavendish Town Elementary on Tuesday night to hear a presentation on the proposed Act 46 merger of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester to create a Green Mountain Unified School District. They also asked questions of members of the […]

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 […]