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By Josh O'Gorman, News and Citizen and Stowe Reporter

On Friday, the case was heard by Judge Robert Mello in St. Albans, who told the parties that he would offer a ruling “as soon as I possibly can.”

During the nearly two-hour hearing, Assistant Attorney General Jon Alexander pointed to the fact that Elmore-Morristown and Stowe are not plaintiffs in the case — the districts are preparing parallel budgets, for merger and nonmerger — as evidence the injunction is not needed.

Scheuermann took issue with that argument.

“The attorney general’s office doesn’t understand the complications this has placed on our communities. It is disingenuous to suggest that this is an easy route,” Scheuermann said. “From my conversations with people out in the public, trying to get the general public up to date on issues of importance, this is confusing. The voter experience over the next four months will be really challenging. You’re going to be asking people to vote on things they don’t understand.”

By Josh O'Gorman, News and Citizen and Stowe Reporter

The wheels of lawmaking might turn slowly, but the Elmore-Morristown and Stowe school districts are one step closer to receiving a delay in their forced merger.

House lawmakers gave overwhelming support last Thursday to a bill that would push out the deadline for some school districts — including Elmore-Morristown and Stowe — that the State Board of Education has ordered to merge.

Currently, Act 46 requires district mergers to take effect no later than July 1 of this year; however, on a vote of 134-10, lawmakers gave their approval to H.39, which would extend that deadline by one year for districts that never held a vote to merge.

The bill included an amendment developed by the House Education Committee; it’s a compromise to the bill introduced by Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, that called for a blanket one-year extension on the merger timeline.

On Feb. 6, House lawmakers narrowly defeated Scheuermann’s proposal, 74-69.

By David Declore, Rutland Herald/Times Argus

House lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a bill that would give some school districts ordered to merge under Act 46 an extra year to prepare for that transition, while requiring others to heed the July 1 deadline that was written into the law four years ago.

Less than 24 hours after narrowly rejecting a “blanket extension” requested by a tri-partisan coalition of lawmakers led by Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, the House approved a Solomonesque solution designed to give some districts more time to consummate their state-ordered mergers.