Act 46 Frequently Asked Questions

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Cabot School
Act 46 FAQ’s
December 2018

Q: What is the status of Act 46?
A: With the issuance of the Statewide Plan by the State Board of Education (SBE) on November 30, the three-year Act 46 journey has reached its endpoint.

Q: Is Cabot being forced to merge with another school district?
A: No, it is not.

Q: Okay, so what DID the SBE decide about Cabot?
A: The SBE decided to reassign Cabot (and Twinfield Union School) to the Caledonia Central Supervisory Union as an independent PK-12 District. This decision goes into effect July 1, 2019, and effectively closes the Washington Northeast Supervisory Union.

Q: What is the practical impact of reassignment to a different Supervisory Union?
A: At this point, it means that the Cabot School District will be supported by a different Superintendent and Supervisory Union staff. There may be some savings from efficiencies and/or increased level of collaboration, but that is still to be determined.

Q: Will Cabot School be closed?
A: No. There is nothing in this reassignment that affects how the school will operate. Cabot will continue to operate as an independent PK-12 school. Decisions about the operation of the school – which grades it operates – remain the responsibility of the Cabot School Board and the voters of Cabot. No one else has the authority to change the operational structure of Cabot School.

Q: What about the Act 46 lawsuit I keep reading about in the newspaper? Is Cabot part of that lawsuit?
A: The short answer is no. The Act 46 lawsuit, if it is filed, is intended to address forced school district mergers (e.g., Barre, Washington Central, and many others around the State). Since Cabot was not forced to merge with another district, the Cabot School Board has already determined that it was not harmed by Act 46, and has no need to seek relief in the courts. In fact, the reassignment of Cabot (and Twinfield) to a new Supervisory Union was done under longstanding authority that the SBE has to redraw Supervisory Union boundaries – in other words, it was not an Act 46 decision, per se.

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