State Board of Education hearing on Act 46 recommendations for Southern Vermont

September 19, 2018 all-day
Green Mountain High School
716 VT-103
Chester, VT 05143

On June 1 the Agency of Education issued the Secretary’s proposed plan for districts that did not achieve a voluntary merger. The State Board of Education must review the proposed statewide plan and may “take testimony or ask for additional information from districts or supervisory unions.”

Each district may file a Section 9 response that outlines why it should not be merged into other districts.

Act 46 requires the State Board to issue a final statewide plan by November 30, 2018 that will merge districts and redraw SU boundaries to the extent necessary to achieve sustainable governance structures “capable of meeting or exceeding the Act 46 Goals of equity, excellence, and efficiency.”

The State Board’s final statewide plan may incorporate the Secretary’s proposed plan in full, in part, or not at all. Similarly, the Board’s statewide plan may incorporate a school board’s Section 9 Proposal in full, in part, or not at all.

This is the meeting for officials from districts that did not merge in southern Vermont to have up to 20 minutes to give testimony supporting its Section 9 proposal and answer questions from the board. There will also be two brief public comment periods.


8:30 a.m. Call to Order, Roll Call and Introductions
8:35 a.m. Recognition of Saxtons River Elementary School
8:45 a.m. Panel Presentation -Two Rivers SU, Bennington-Rutland SU and Mill River UUSD
9:15 a.m. Brattleboro School District
9:35 a.m. Dummerston School District
9:55 a.m. Guilford School District
10:15 a.m. Putney School District
10:35 a.m. BREAK
10:50 a.m. Windham Elementary School District
11:10 a.m. Stamford School District
11:30 a.m. Public to be Heard on previous six Section 9 Proposals
12:30 p.m. Bennington, Shaftsbury and Woodford School Districts
12:50 p.m. North Bennington School District
1:10 p.m. Pownal School District
1:30 p.m. BREAK
1:45 p.m. Bellows Falls UHSD and Athens, Grafton, Rockingham, and Westminster Districts
2:05 p.m Winhall School District
2:25 p.m. Sandgate School District
2:45 p.m. Searsburg School District
3:05 p.m. Stratton School District
3:25 p.m. Public to be Heard on previous eight Section 9 Proposals
4:05 p.m. Public to be Heard – General
4:25 p.m. Consent Agenda
4:35 p.m. Articles of Agreement  – Donna Russo-Savage
5:00 p.m. Calendar Review/Agenda Planning
5:20 p.m. Chair’s Report
5:30 p.m. Adjourn
SBE Expenditure Report FY19 Distributed


Draft Agenda

8:30 – 9:30         Opening Panel Presentation
9:30 – 9:50         Brattleboro School District
9:50 – 10:10       Dummerston School District
10:10 – 10:30     Guilford School District
10:30 – 10:50      Putney School District
10:50 – 11:05      Break
11:05 – 11:25      Windham Elementary School District
11:25 – 11:45      Winhall School District
11:45 – 12:15      Public to be Heard on previous six Section 9 Proposals
12:15 – 12:45     Lunch
12:45 – 1:05       Bennington, Shaftsbury, and Woodford School Districts
1:05 – 1:25         North Bennington School District
1:25 – 1:45         Pownal School District
1:45 – 2:00         Break
2:00 – 2:20         Bellows Falls UHSD and Athens, Grafton, Rockingham, and Westminster Districts
2:20 – 2:40         Sandgate School District
2:40 – 3:00         Searsburg School District
3:00 – 3:20         Stratton School District
3:20 – 3:40         Stamford School District
3:40 – 4:10         Public to be Heard on previous eight Section 9 Proposals
4:10 – 5:00         Other Business before the State Board
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