Washington Central Supervisory Union voted to disband its Act 46 merger study committee in March, leaving school board members on their own to consider alternative governance models and seek merger partners far across Vermont.
The supervisory union, which consists of U-32 Middle and High School plus five elementary schools — Berlin, Calais, Doty, East Montpelier and Rumney — finds itself in the same boat as hundreds of school districts across the state. About 100 districts have not merged and have no scheduled vote. Of that number, around 40 are weighing an alternative governance structure.
This video documentary offers an in-depth look at why Act 46, Vermont’s education governance law of 2015, wasn’t working for WCSU, and might not work for many other districts across the state.