ROYALTON, Vt. — Voters in Royalton have approved a plan to merge with school districts in Bethel and Rochester, reversing an earlier vote.

Now voters in Rochester, who initially approved the plan, will revote Tuesday.

The Valley News reports ( ) that if the measure is approved in Rochester, the three towns will form the White River Unified School District.

Each town would continue to operate pre-K through fifth-grade elementary schools. Students in sixth through eighth grades would attend a middle school in Bethel. High schoolers would go to Royalton and Rochester would operate an experiential learning center.

A single school board would govern the district, which would operate under one budget.

Supporters have said the merger is needed to meet Act 46’s standards of providing a high quality education that’s equitable and efficient.

Information from: Lebanon Valley News,

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