By Tommy Gardner, News and Citizen and Stowe Reporter

After the state board decided in November to force dozens of districts to merge, a group of lawmakers is working to get a one-year merger moratorium passed, as early as mid-February.

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, said she’s “been fighting against state control of education for years,” calling it “an uphill battle.” She said it’s been complicated, as school districts — the arranged marriage of Elmore-Morristown and Stowe is one of the more prominent forced mergers in the state — work to fight the merger while simultaneously preparing for it.

“We’re in territory we haven’t been in before,” Scheuermann said.