3 school districts consolidation plans go before state board



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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont State Board of Education is considering consolidation plans from three Vermont school districts.

The board will review the merger plans from the Rutland South, Addison Central and Rutland Northeast supervisory unions at its meeting on Tuesday.

Districts are being asked to form study committees and then submit consolidation plans to the state board for approval under Act 46, which provides tax incentives to districts that consolidate their governing structures. The goal is to save money through efficiencies and provide equal education to students across the state.

State Board Chairman Stephan Morse tells Vermont Public Radio (http://bit.ly/1RenrBQ ) that he's encouraged by the start, but says he understands it'll take a lot more work to have every district in the state sign on to a consolidation plan.

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