State Board of Education to soon decide school mergers

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CHESTER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Board of Education has held its last public meeting before it decides which school districts should merge.

Vermont Public Radio reports the board ended its series of meetings in Chester Wednesday after hearing from school districts and residents in Newark, the Northeast Kingdom and Montpelier.

While some speakers supported the plan at Wednesday's meeting, the majority opposed the state's plan to consolidate districts that have yet to merge under the state's school consolidation law.

The Vermont Secretary of Education issued a draft statewide plan June 1 which recommended 18 new school districts. Sen. Becca Balint says "we all want equity for our children."

The board has until Nov. 30 to submit its final school district merger plan.

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