Merger Activity

At a Glance

merger activity map

From July 1, 2015 through March 13, 2018:

  • Voters in 141 towns in 32 SUs:
    • Voted to merge 151 school districts into 38 new unified districts:
      • 34 unified union school districts (responsible for PK-12)
      • 4 modified unified union school districts (“MUUSDs”)

In addition, the Mount Mansfield MUUSD was created in in 2014 (before Act 46) when voters in 5 towns voted to merge 6 districts into 1 new unified district – for totals of voters in 146 towns / 157 former districts / 39 new unified districts.

  • The 38 post-Act 46 districts are organized to provide for K-12 education as follows: 
    • 22 operate all grades
    • 14 operate K-6 or K-8 and pay tuition for the remaining grades
    • 2 pay tuition for all grades
  • Votes are final for 5 proposals that were not approved by the voters, where the districts have not subsequently presented a revised proposal or indicated the likelihood of doing so

The post-Act 46 activity 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 78,733 Kindergarten-Grade 12 students living in Vermont in the 2017-2018 academic year, approximately 53,247 (67.6%) of them live (or will live) in a unified school district:

  • Unified school districts created since Act 46          34,507 (43.8% of all VT students)
  • Mount Mansfield MUUSD (before Act 46)                2,245
  • Existing supervisory districts (Burlington, etc.)     16,495

Although they have received final approval, the 38 new 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 – 21 unified districts become operational
  • July 1, 2019 – 5 unified districts become operational


Note: the above numbers assume that the Windsor and West Windsor voters' approval of a new district on March 6, 2018 is not subject to a reconsideration vote that reverses the outcome.

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


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

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