Towns delay vote on consolidating schools
BROOKLINE (AP) -- Five southern Vermont towns considering whether to consolidate their school boards are delaying a vote on the issue until next June.
Brookline, Jamaica, Newfane, Townshend and Windham were supposed to vote Tuesday on articles that would create a unified education district board. But the vote will be held in June instead, because revisions made to an agreement drafted by a five-town study committee weren’t approved by the state in time.
Emily Long, who chairs the Windham Central Supervisory Union committee, said a unified district would allow small schools that have struggled to maintain music, arts and athletic programs to share teachers and other resources.
"I haven’t any doubt that there will be another proposal for some kind of change in the way we operate," Long told Vermont Public Radio (http://bit.ly/GI0ghl). "This is definitely a good step for our kid(s), to be able to maintain the programs we have and give them more opportunities."
The state has offered financial incentives for districts to merge but only one such district has been approved by voters.
Vt. utility: outages in 80 towns; 6k in the dark
NEWFANE (AP) -- Vermont’s largest electric utility says there are power outages in at least 80 communities across the state.
Fast moving storms Monday afternoon left about 6,000 electric customers without power from one end of the state to the other and delayed flights at the Burlington International Airport.
Police said Monday that Vermont Route 30 in Newfane was closed in front of the Newbrook Volunteer Fire Department would remain closed overnight because storms knocked trees, utility poles and wires into the roadway.
Motorists who use the route are asked to make alternate travel plans through at least Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, Green Mountain Power is reporting it will be at least morning before its customers get power back. About 4,000 are without power in Windham and Windsor counties