MAUSD/ANWSD Merger Information
Updated July 2022
What is the Merger Study Committee?
In the Spring of 2021, the MAUSD Board and the Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) voted to form a Merger Study Committee. This study committee, composed of Board and community members, was formed under VT Statute 16 VSA Chapter 11 Subchapter 4 ss 706 (a-g) to explore the advantages and disadvantages of a governance merger of the two districts.
Between August 2021 and July 2022, the Committee discussed a variety of topics related to a potential merger including tax rate modeling, transportation challenges, the impact of possible State changes to how per pupil funding is calculated, the opportunities and challenges for a combined High School and Middle School and other topics that could influence a possible merger.
The details of such a merger have been developed into a draft Articles of Agreement which will be presented to the State Board of Education (SBE) on July 20; if approved by the SBE, the proposed merger will be brought to a vote on November 8, 2022.
How does the Merger Study Committee relate to our work to protect local schools?
Merger Study Committee information, agendas and minutes can be found here and their current work plan is available here. Meetings are held on the first Monday and third Tuesday of the month, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at alternating locations. (Locations are found on the Work Plan as well as on each meeting’s agenda). Meetings are held in-person and are also available on Zoom. The Zoom link for each meeting is included on that meeting’s agenda.
Public comments can be made at the end of each meeting and before any decisions are made. Drafts of minutes are available on the website 5 days after each meeting. The meetings are recorded.
We will share a copy of the MSC's final report when it becomes publicly available.