Union School Districts
16 V.S.A. § 706g (Designation of districts as union school district, recording by Secretary of State) provides the process by which union school districts become a body politic and corporate with the powers incident to a municipal corporation. Unlike other municipal districts, the certification of votes for union school districts are filed with the Agency of Education, specifically the Secretary of Education.
Within 45 days after the vote or 15 days after an unsuccessful vote to reconsider or rescind the original vote under 17 V.S.A. § 2661, whichever is later, the clerk of each district voting on the proposal to establish a union school district shall certify the results of the vote to the Secretary of Education.
The Secretary of Education shall designate all such districts as a union school district; and shall so certify to the Secretary of State, who shall record such certification.
Recording by Secretary of State
Upon recording by the Secretary of State, the union school district shall become a body politic and corporate with the powers incident to a municipal corporation; be known by the name or number given in the Secretary of Education's certificate; by that name or number may sue and be sued; and may hold and convey real and personal estate for the use of the district.
A certified copy of the record in the Office of the Secretary of State shall be filed by the Secretary of State in the office of the clerk of each school district to be included within the union school district within 15 days from the date the Secretary of Education certified the existence of the union district to him or her. The clerk of each school district will receive a certified copy from the following address:
Vermont Office of the Secretary of State
Vermont State Archives & Records Administration
1078 U.S. Route 2, Middlesex
Montpelier, VT 05633-7701
Districts Formed Through Municipal Charter Process
Some school districts, based on the date of formation, were granted charters of incorporation by the Vermont General Assembly. Please more information, see Vermont Municipalities: An Index to their Charters and Special Acts (1986).