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Act 46 Information

Fall 2017 Activity

Ludlow - Mt. Holly 706b Merger Information

706b - How we got here. . . 
(taken from the Thursday, October 26, 2017, Ludlow and Mt. Holly School Districts 706(b) Study Committee Informational Meeting minutes published by Two Rivers Supervisor Union) with links to more detailed information on noted subject.

About 2 years ago, Act 46 was approved at the state legislature.  At that time, the districts of the TRSU formed a study committee to determine how they could meet the provisions of the law.  After about a year of discussions, it became clear that the plan that was forming would not be amenable to Ludlow and Mt. Holly.  Mt. Holly had an interest in merging with Mill River, and Ludlow explored that option with them.  

In the vote this spring (May 30,2017), Ludlow voted against the merger and since Ludlow and Mt. Holly are in a union agreement, the union cannot be broken without the consent of both towns, even though Mt. Holly was in favor of a merger with Mill River.  Over the course of the summer, a Looking Forward Steering Committee met weekly to discuss options that could be viable and supported by the voters in Ludlow and Mt. Holly.  The committee was made up of members of the Ludlow and U39 boards and community members from Mt. Holly.  

There was effectively only with (the Looking Forward Steering Committee Recommendation) 1 option that would meet the guidelines for the preferred model under Act 46.  The boards agreed to form another 706b study committee (first 706 Committee meeting 10/09/17) to work through the proposal.  

The committee agreed to present a proposal to the state board that merges the districts of Ludlow and Mt. Holly.  They will operate preK-6 at both of the elementary schools and offer school choice to students in grades 7-12.  The proposal was presented to the state board and the state board approved it on October 18.  

The proposal will now (November 28, 2017) go to the voters of both districts.  At that same time, the voters will vote on board members for the new school district as well.  

If vote is approved by both towns. This plan calls for the closure of BRHS no later than 6/30/20, but sooner if the new board feels it is necessary.  This time will allow the board to work through the transition.

Informational Meetings on the 706b Merger Vote to take place Tuesday, November 28, 2017

October 26, 2017 ~ 6:00 p.m. - Ludlow Elementary School - Presidential Hall

November 7, 2017  ~ 6:00 p.m. - Mount Holly School -Gymnasium

November 16, 2017 ~ 6:00 p.m. - Ludlow Elementary School - Presidential Hall

November 21, 2017 ~ 6:00 p.m. - Mount Holly School - Gymnasium

TRSU Notice from the Superintendent sent out Friday, October 13, 2017

Dear Ludlow and Mt. Holly Families,

In an effort to comply with the Act 46 legislation, the Ludlow and Mt. Holly School Boards have formed a 706(b) Merger Study Committee.  The outcome of the Committee work is a proposal to the State Board of Education that would merge the Ludlow, Mt. Holly, and Union #39 Boards into a single district.  The new Ludlow-Mt. Holly Unified Union District would be responsible for the education of all students in the two towns from PreK-12th grade.  Education would be provided by continuing to operate both the Ludlow Elementary School and the Mt. Holly School for grades PreK-6 and paying tuition to a school of each student's choice in grades 7-12.  Black River High School Middle School would continue to operate until June 30, 2020 to prepare for the transition to school choice, but after that date it would cease to operate.  

If you are interested in serving on a Ludlow-Mt. Holly Unified Union School District Board, please go to your Town Office and pick up a petition.  The Board will consist of 8 members, 4 from Ludlow and 4 from Mt. Holly.  If you are a resident of Ludlow, you will need at least 16 signatures or if you reside in Mt. Holly you will need at least 10 signatures on your petition.  It is best to get more signatures then required in case someone's residency can't be verified.  All petitions need to be filed with your respective Town Office by Thursday, October 19th.
If this merger proposal is approved by the State Board of Education at their upcoming meeting on October 18th, both towns will need to approve the proposal by town vote on November 28, 2017.  If the proposal is approved by the State Board, informational sheets will be provided by the Study Committee and public forums will be held prior to the November 28th vote to share more details and answer questions.

I will do my best to keep you informed throughout this process.  


Meg Alison Powden
Two Rivers Supervisory Union
Superintendent of Schools