Merger Activity

At a Glance

merger activity map

From July 1, 2015 through October 25, 2017:

  • Voters in 129 towns in 30 SUs:
    • Voted to merge 139 school districts into 32 unified districts:
      • 28 unified union school districts (responsible for PK-12)
      • 4 modified unified union school districts (“MUUSDs”)

These numbers do not include creation of the Mount Mansfield MUUSD in 2014 (before Act 46), by which voters in 5 towns voted to merge 6 districts into 1 new unified district (these numbers do not include the Huntington Town Elementary School District, which did not approve the proposal) – for totals of voters in 134 towns / 145 former districts / 33 new unified districts.

  • Voters declined to approve 4 proposals in SUs where the districts have not subsequently presented a revised proposal.
  • In November, voters in an additional 22 towns will decide whether to unify 26 school districts into 8 new unified districts.
  • The activity above also:
    • Eliminated at least 4 SUs through redrawn SU boundaries.
    • Eliminated an additional 8 SUs and their related SU Boards through transformation of SUs into Supervisory Districts (single-district SUs).

Of the approximately 87,000 Prekindergarten-Grade 12 students living in Vermont in the 2015-2016 academic year, approximately 56,635 (65%) of them live (or will live) in a unified school district:

  • Unified school districts created since Act 46         35,795 (41%)
  • Mount Mansfield MUUSD (before Act 46)               2,465
  • Existing supervisory districts (Burlington, etc.)    18,375

Although they have received final approval, the districts become fully operational in different years:

  • July 1, 2016 – 4 unified districts became operational
  • July 1, 2017 – 8 unified districts became operational
  • July 1, 2018 – 17 unified districts become operational
  • July 1, 2019 – 3 unified districts become operational

Note:  All of the above numbers assume:

  1. The affirmative votes of the Bethel and Royalton voters on October 24 are not the subject of a negative reconsideration vote (an affirmative vote here also enables the Granville-Hancock UUSD to proceed).
  2. Peacham voters will approve the proposal to remain a single-town school district, enabling the Caledonia Cooperative UUSD proposal to proceed.

Note:  For purposes of consistency, student numbers continue to reflect FY2016 data.  They will be updated to more current numbers when the November voluntary merger votes are finalized.  

Annual Status Reports to the Legislature

Legislative Reports on Merger Activity

Recent Merger, 3-by-1, and 2-by-2-by-1 Proposals

To find a recent proposal, first, use the alphabetical list of State Board of Education Governance Reviews to find the corresponding State Board of Education meeting date. Then use the list of State Board of Education meetings to locate a copy of a recent merger, 3-by-1 or 2-by-2-by-1 proposal. 

Additional Proposals


Questions?

Email Donna Russo-Savage or Act 46 Info, or call  (802) 479-1744 .

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Secretary Rebecca Holcombe
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641

(802) 479-1030 | aoe.edinfo@vermont.gov
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