All the latest news, press releases, and commentary from Heidi E. Scheuermann.

By Tommy Gardner, News and Citizen and Stowe Reporter

"It may be a little over half a year before the two school districts within the Lamoille South Supervisory Union merge into one, but school officials will be in near-constant motion preparing for a series of important dates in those six months.

Superintendent Tracy Wrend recently laid out a timeline between now and July. Actually, two timelines; the two school districts are also preparing their own budgets and elections just in case they prevail in thwarting the merger."

By Tommy Gardner, News and Citizen and Stowe Reporter

"The Elmore-Morristown and Stowe school districts are suing the Vermont State Board of Education over its order that the two districts merge into one.

The lawsuit argues that the state board’s decision to dissolve the existing school districts violates the Vermont Constitution. It seeks a stay, preventing the state board from enforcing its Nov. 30 decision to force Stowe and Elmore-Morristown to merge."

By Josh O'Gorman, Stowe Reporter

State Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, took some comfort in the governor’s candor.

“I am obviously pleased that the governor does not believe the state board should be able to dissolve school boards and school districts,” Scheuermann said.

However, she disagreed with Scott regarding where exactly that authority should lie.

“I think, in 2015, the Legislature showed a great degree of cowardice by delegating the responsibility and authority to dissolve school boards and school districts to the State Board of Education,” she said.

Scheuermann said she will introduce two bills in the upcoming legislative session. One would invalidate the merger plan approved by the state board; the other would require all mergers to receive the approval of voters within the districts.