It's unanimous: Windham County town wants school merger divorce – WCAX

Voters in the tiny town of Halifax voted 48-0 last night to leave the school merger with nearby Readsboro. Readsboro votes January 20. They are the first two towns to vote to leave a merger created under Act 46. But perhaps, not the last.

Halifax and Readsboro are the first towns considering dissolving an Act 46 merger. The school board chairman says the towns originally decided to consolidate so the state could not force them into a different merger with a larger district. Another school board member says problems came up when an engineering assessment found it would cost about $1.6 million to renovate the Readsboro school building.

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  • Sandi Capponcelli
    commented 2020-01-04 16:12:31 -0500
    Good for them. The state forced towns to ‘marry’ with each other with little or no thought to if that town was actually meeting state standards, or if it made sense for towns to join with each other.
    Our town, Athens, years ago joined with Grafton. We met almost all state requirements but were force to join with Westminster (who by the way, didn’t want to join us either). It is not beneficial to any of our towns and we want out.