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Holland school still serves its community

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by Sylvia C. Dodge

HOLLAND — A new vibrancy has recently been growing in Holland.  Out of the ashes of a very difficult decision residents made to close their elementary school at the end of the 2018-’19 academic year, its building has been given new life as a community center, and it soon will be the home of a heated indoor walking trail.

In response to a 2015 law best known as Act 46, designed by the Vermont Legislature to encourage the consolidation of school districts, the people of Holland made a choice that would change things forever.  Instead of being forced to merge with Derby to educate their children, they instead decided to close their school.

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