School decisions could be first steps toward consolidation

By Jenna Pizzi
Vermont Press Bureau

MARSHFIELD – The Cabot and Twinfield School Boards have been looking at ways to collaborate as a way to test out the possibilities for consolidation of the two schools.

Nancy Thomas, superintendent of the Washington Northeast Supervisory Union, said that The Cabot School Board will be seriously considering consolidating the two schools into one sometime in the near future because there are several pressing, and likely costly facilities issues that will need to be addressed.

While no official proposal is being put forward, Thomas said it is something that will be discussed in the near future.

“They are conversations that are going to be happening,” said Thomas, adding that the supervisory union is looking at consolidation to see if there are ways that collaboration or merging portions of the school services would be beneficial for both school districts and all three towns served.

There are state funds available to offset consultation and legal costs considering merger, said Thomas.

As a first step in that direction, Thomas asked both boards to approve sharing high school courses for next year. The proposal has students from Cabot come to Twinfield in the morning for French 4 and calculus classes and Twinfield students would go back to Cabot for marine biology and anthropology.

To read the full story, read Thursday’s Times Argus.

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