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Essex in school merge spotlight

Here's something to watch, folks. Essex is the latest scene of the long-standing, ever-brewing debate over school consolidation.

Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca will decide whether Essex town schools should merge into the Chittenden Central Supervisory Union, which oversees three other school districts, two in Essex Junction and one in Westford.

The local school officials in Essex don't want to do it, see no value in it.

Vileseca, who is among those who has been on the bullhorn about consolidating Vermont's school systems with the hope that somehow there might be a cost savings, might just make them. Because this is Vermont and everybody's connected to everything somehow, this takes on a richness because Vilaseca used to be principal at Essex High School and knows the district well.

He plans to make a decision by Friday.

- Terri Hallenbeck

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