At a Glance
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:
- 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).
- 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.