Act 46

  • HUUSAlmost all of the towns that merged under Act 46 will see a decrease in their taxes this year, but that will not last unless something changes in the next five years.

    The only town that does not receive a tax

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  • Since a vote to quickly consolidate school boards and budgets passed on June 7, the newly consolidated district – named the Harwood Unified Union School District – will begin operating on July 1, 2017.

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  • On Tuesday, June 7, residents in each Valley town voted to consolidate school governance and budgets more quickly than the state may force them to do so.

    The lowest voter turnout was 12.5 percent in Waterbury and

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  • The Warren Select Board dealt with questions surrounding Act 46, a new law that aims to consolidate school governance and budgets across the state.

    Warren resident Valerie Bigelow, who is running against Warren

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  • The community continued to voice questions, critiques and praises regarding Act 46 at the fourth and final public forum hosted by the Washington West Supervisory Union’s (WWSU) Act 46 study committee on May 23 at the Big

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  • On June 7, all Valley towns, or Washington West Supervisory Union (WWSU) districts, will vote for an accelerated version of Act 46. The law intends to consolidate school governance and budgets across the state in order

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  • By Brigid Scheffert Nease, superintendent

    On April 19, the State Board of Education approved the Washington West Supervisory Union (WWSU) plan to merge our seven school boards into one. It’s up to each town’s

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  • The Warren School Board is asking the Warren community to support a May 17 vote for a $2.55 million bond which would finance a series of repairs to the building. Burlington-based architectural firm TruexCullins presented

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  • As Washington West Supervisory Union (WWSU) districts prepare to vote on an accelerated version of the state-mandated school district consolidation, members of the Act 46 study committee continue to weigh financial

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  • After the Act 46 study committee voted on March 23 to limit the amount of debt that a newly unified school board would share for repairs to the Warren Elementary School building to $2.55 million, the Warren School Board

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  • Warren School Board chair Matthew “Chicky” Staples said that the board needed to “receive those fears, questions, doubts and insecurities,” regarding Act 46, the option for Warren Elementary School to become independent

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  • Community members showed up to discuss and debate issues of community participation, financial savings and quality of education during the Act 46 study committee’s first public forum on March 31 at Harwood Union High

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  • “There’s new legal information that’s just come out in the last few weeks,” Washington West Supervisory Union (WWSU) Brigid Scheffert Nease told the Act 46 study committee last Wednesday, March 23.

    A provision

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  • Last week, the Burlington-based architectural firm TruexCullins presented a range of costs from $1.8 million to $4.7 million for a series of building repairs to Warren Elementary School. Shortly after, the school’s

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  • As the Warren school board continues to investigate the amount of a bond they will put forth for school repairs, the Act 46 study committee proceeded to strategize a successful accelerated merger.

    At the

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  • While the Act 46 study committee worked to complete a series of reports and articles that are required for an accelerated version of the statewide consolidation of school management, they considered whether, or how, the

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  • A group that is working to understand and promote the consolidation of school districts within the Washington West Supervisory Union (WWSU) met on February 10 to discuss how Valley community members seem to perceive the

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  • On Monday, January 25, when the former principal of North Bennington Graded School, Tom Martin, reflected on the process of transitioning from a public to an independent institution, he told an audience of 60 Valley

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  • The Harwood Union middle and high school board has adopted a budget of $14,219,230 for the 2016-2017 year, which reflects a decrease in expenditures of 0.2 percent and overall savings of $35,602 from last

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  • The Moretown School Board adopted a general fund budget of $2,292,057 for the 2016-2017 year, which is up 3.5 percent over last year’s budget. The board also approved $178,847 for Moretown Education Center for All (MECA)

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