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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