Special Election on May 2 for School Merger
Vermont’s Act 46 is requiring that schools in the state consolidate to increase the number of
students represented by each school board. Northfield and Williamstown have been working
for over a year to produce a merger between the schools of the two towns.
The committee envisions a unified district that could sustainably deliver excellence in
educational outcomes through a system of collaborative leadership that expands opportunity
and equal access to existing and new, innovative programming designed to address the individual needs of students grounded in the creative, efficient and prudent use of taxpayer
resources according to committee spokes persons. The schools of both towns would remain as
they are but administration would be merged. The new district will be known as the
Central Vermont Unified Union School District.
A vote by both towns will occur on May 2, 2017 and in Northfield the vote will be held
in the high school lobby between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on that date.
Rama Schneider from Williamstown was chair of the committee that developed the
merger plan while Peter Evans from Northfield was Vice Chair and spoke at Northfield Town
Meeting last Tuesday about the upcoming vote.
He spoke about the work that has been done to complete the merger plan and hoped that voters would agree to the merger when the vote comes in May.
Also on the committee that worked on the merger were Patricia Coppolino, Emily Grey,
Eilis O’Herligy and Christine Motyka of Northfield and Jonathan Hull and Benjamin
Robbins of Williamstown.