Stowe, Elmore-Morristown schools

Voters in the soon-to-be-merged school district covering Elmore, Morristown and Stowe will head to the polls on Tuesday, May 28, to vote on a combined school budget.

People can vote in the town where they live between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.; the polls will be at the town offices in Elmore, Morristown and Stowe.

Early voting on the budget has been open for several weeks, but because May 27 is the Memorial Day holiday, early voting will close Friday, May 24, in Morristown and Stowe and Thursday, May 23, in Elmore.

The budget vote is necessary because it appears the state-mandated merger of the Elmore-Morristown and Stowe school districts will become reality on July 1, as the districts have lost their appeals in the courts and the Legislature.

The $31.1 million school budget proposal combines the two separate budgets that voters approved on Town Meeting Day, minus a few redundancies.

Before the budget vote May 28, the new district will hold its first-ever annual meeting on Thursday, May 23, in the Stowe High School auditorium. That meeting, which begins at 6 p.m., will also serve as the informational meeting for the budget vote.

The new merged district, known as the Lamoille South Unified Union school district, will be overseen by a seven-member board with representatives from all three towns. Elmore’s representative is Penny Jones, Morristown’s reps are David Bickford, Karen Cleary and Stephanie Craig, and Stowe’s reps are Tiffany Donza, Leigh Pelletier and Cara Zimmerman. That new board held its organizational meeting last month, when Zimmerman was elected board chair and Craig was elected vice chair.

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