Act 46 of 2015 - Unification to Achieve Sustainable Governance
Signed into law during the 2015 legislative session, Act 46 seeks to move Vermont toward more sustainable models of education governance. It is designed to encourage and support local decisions and actions that:
  • Provide substantial equity in the quality and variety of educational opportunities
  • Lead students to meet or exceed the State’s Education Quality Standards
  • Maximize operational efficiencies through greater flexibility to manage, share, and transfer resources, with a goal of increasing district-level student-to-staff ratios
  • Promote transparency and accountability
  • Are delivered at a cost that parents, voters, and taxpayers value
Each town school district within Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union must determine the best course of action to meet it's individual community's needs. 


Act 46 Exploratory Committee
Town School Board representatives from Craftsbury, Greensboro, Hardwick, Stannard, Wolcott and Woodbury met to officially form an Act 46 Exploratory Committee on March 23, 2016. The committee elected Jennifer Marckres of Craftsbury as Chair and agreed to formally explore an “Alternative Structure” model, while continuing to consider all viable options. The committee will work with a grant-funded consultant this spring to develop specific proposals for review and discussion within each community.  No decisions that would alter current school governance structures will be made without approval from the voters of each member town as well as the Agency of Education and the State Board of Education. Approved Alternative Structures must be fully operational on or before July 1, 2019. The committee was dissolved by the OSSU Executive Committee in February 2017.

Full Act 46 Exploratory Committee Meeting Schedule: 2015-16
Meeting Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Meeting Location: OSSU Central Office Conference Room (Downstairs)


Meeting Date  Agenda  Minutes  Materials
November 3, 2015 View View View
November 30, 2015 View View
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January 14, 2016 View View View
February 18, 2016 MEETING CANCELLED View
March 23, 2016 View View View
April 14, 2016 MEETING CANCELLED View
May 23, 2016 View View View
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June 16, 2016 View View View
June 29, 2016 View View View
July 13, 2016 MEETING POSTPONED TBD