Arlington to form governance committee with BRSU

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ARLINGTON >> The Arlington School District intends to form a governance committee with the districts of the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union, to explore a merger under Act 46.

Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union Superintendent Judy Pullinen said BRSU Superintendent Jackie Wilson informed her that, once the BRSU Governance Committee begins meeting, Arlington will have one seat at that table.

The Arlington board expressed an interest in appointing member K. John Smith to serve as its representative on that committee.

The BRSU currently has several active study committees, representing the different types of districts present in the SU. The Northshire Merger Study Committee, which was originally referred to as the Big RED (Regional Education District) committee, is made up of representatives from Danby, Dorset, Manchester, Mount Tabor and Sunderland; and from the four communities in the Mountain Towns RED — Londonderry, Landgrove, Peru and Weston. It is studying the idea of creating a single K-6 district, with school choice in grades 7-12.

A second committee, made up of the towns of Pawlet, Rupert, and Wells, is looking into forming a district with tuition agreements with New York high schools.

Sandgate, the other district that currently makes up the BVSU with Arlington, has already been in talks with two other non-operating districts, Winhall and Stratton, and will officially join their study committee when it begins meeting in August.

Those three study committees will need to produce reports on the feasibility of a merger before a governance committee can begin meeting. Then, if all those districts are able to come to an agreement on the details of the merger, the BRSU would become a supervisory union overseeing those three newly formed districts, plus a fourth in Arlington.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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