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Towns delay vote on consolidating schools

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BROOKLINE, Vt. (AP) - Five southern Vermont towns considering whether to consolidate their school boards are delaying a vote on the issue.

Vermont Public Radio reports that Brookline, Jamaica, Newfane, Townshend and Windham were supposed to vote Tuesday on articles that would create a unified education district board. But the vote will be held in June instead, because revisions made to an agreement drafted by a five-town study committee weren't approved by the state in time.

Emily Long, who chairs the Windham Central Supervisory Union committee, says a unified district would allow small schools that have struggled to maintain music, arts and athletic programs to share teachers and other resources.

The state has offered financial incentives for districts to merge but only one such district has been approved by voters.

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