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By Taylor Dobbs, Seven Days

House lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that would provide a deadline extension for some school districts that have been ordered to merge by Vermont's Board of Education.

The legislation is a scaled-back version of a proposal that would have provided a one-year extension for all of the districts that were required to merge by July 1, 2019.  That measure, which hd support from a tripartisan coalition of House lawmakers, failed Wednesday.


By Spencer Conlin,

The House adjourned after the 69-74 vote, but will take up another amendment Thursday that would allow for some of the districts to delay a merger.

The amendment that failed Wednesday was proposed by Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R- Lamoille-1. It came after several school districts filed lawsuits, challenging the mergers under the state Act 46 education law.

The communities being forced to merge are all in very different situations and at various points in the merger process," Scheuermann said. "In order to ensure confidence in both the law and the process, it is imperative that we are given more time."

By Lola Duffort,

The Vermont House of Representatives narrowly rejected a plan Wednesday to give a one-year extension to all school districts facing forced mergers under Act 46.

But House lawmakers, who voted 69-74 against a blanket delay, will take up another proposal Thursday giving certain districts extra time.

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, who sponsored the legislation asking for a simple one-year delay, said that while she would have preferred another outcome, she was glad at least the partial delay proposal looks likely to pass.

“It was close. It was very close. We were almost there. But we’re going to have something that we can use as a vehicle to continue to pursue this,” she said.