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By David Delcore, Rutland Herald/Times Argus

Scheuermann was among those who expressed reservations about what some viewed as a “divide-and-conquer” proposal.

Though Scheuermann said she appreciated the fact that her home district — Stowe — would receive an extra year to complete a forced merger with the Elmore-Morristown district, the exclusion of other districts was problematic in her view.

“I think it would be a hard sell on the floor to give that opportunity to some districts and not others,” she said.

By the time it was over, a clear majority of the committee backed the amendment that Webb said sets the stage for back-to-back floor votes Wednesday.

The new amendment, which was approved, 7-4, won’t replace the one proposed by Scheuermann, but it will be offered as an alternative if Scheuermann’s fails.

Webb said Scheuermann’s amendment would be considered first and the one that enjoys the committee’s favorable recommendation will be voted on in the event it fails. If both amendments are rejected, the July 1 deadline written into Act 46 nearly four years ago would remain in tact pending judicial intervention or additional legislation.

By Lola Duffort,

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, who sponsored H.39, told the committee Tuesday that their version of the bill would be a “hard sell” with lawmakers. And she said one of the main problems with Act 46 had been that the State Board of Education, which decided which districts should merge under the law, didn’t fully understand the local context.

“I would submit to you that picking out certain districts for extension and not extension, is something of a challenge. I don’t think members of the committee understand all of the districts, and what each of the situation is on the ground,” she said.

By David Delcore, Rutland Herald/Times Argus

Scheuermann is hoping to round up 76 lawmakers to support the proposal that some fear will derail mergers on their way to completion and be used by those more interested in undermining the law than having more time to comply with it.