By Lola Duffort,

At least one group, however, likes the bill: officials with the Stowe, and Elmore-Morristown school districts. The two districts, which are under order from the State Board of Education to merge, have challenged that decision in court. Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, introduced H.39, which asked for the delay in the first place.

But while Stowe and Elmore-Morristown have resisted merging, they’ve taken a noticeably different tack than the majority of school districts fighting consolidation. Stowe and Elmore-Morristown sued separately from the 33 school boards jointly challenging mergers in court. And they’ve also worked to create a merged board – as well as independent boards and independent budgets – in case the court case doesn’t go their way.