In Vermont, the new state initiative to group schools together, called Act 46, is slowly chugging along, especially in Windsor County. What’s more is that the special committee formed to comply with the new state legislature has unanimously voted this week to replace their educational advisor. It has not been an easy road for the Windsor Southeast Act 46 study committee these past few months as they’ve discussed the state-ordained merger of Windsor, West Windsor, Hartland, and Weathersfield.
Diana Watson, an advisor and consultant to the committee who was appointed early this year, was replaced on Tuesday this week by Peter Clarke, who has worked with other Act 46 study committees across the state. Act 46 is a new state initiative that hopes to group schools together in new administrative units in light of declining numbers in Vermont’s schools statewide.
School choice has been at the forefront of the discussion, as Windsor is the only town with a high school which would force the other three towns to send their students to Windsor, provided that the four towns merge.
The committee expressed that they feel their options have become limited but bringing in Clarke will hopefully allow the four towns to reach some manner of agreement before the state’s deadline.