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

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.

By Lola Duffort,

“Barring a change in the law, which at this time is speculative, a district’s or group of districts’ failure to use the time remaining between now and June 30, 2019 will result in serious consequences to students and staff,” states a memo issued by the agency late on Friday.

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.”