Addison County school district merger shot down
BRISTOL, Vt. (WCAX) - Residents of two Addison County school districts Tuesday decided not to merge.
Voters in both the Mount Abraham Unified School District and Addison Northwest School District voted ‘no.’
The districts have seen enrollment decline for years and a merger study committee said they’d be better together. Voters disagreed:
MAUSD: 1115 Yes 2281 No
ANWSD: 771 Yes 2001 No
Superintendent Sheila Soule, Addison Northwest School District, says this ends the process of the merger study between the two districts, so if they wanted to try again they would have to start from the beginning.
“We will face a challenging budget development process in Addison Northwest. 83% of our High School classes are below the class size minimums set by policy, 23% have enrollments in the single digits. The board will be grappling with the next steps over the next few months as we work to put a budget in place for 2024,” said Soule.
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