Stamford and Clarksburg hope to have options available by May for what would be a combined school district.

IBerkshires.com reports that the Interstate School District Committee has voted unanimously to recommend Public

Consulting Group of Boston to do the legwork on plans to create the groundbreaking interstate school district.

The committee hopes to have a contract signed by next week with work to begin as soon as Jan. 2nd. The merger is being largely driven by Vermont's Act 46, which seeks to combine school districts to streamline governance and purchasing power.

Stamford is geographically isolated and rejected the state's push for it to partner with a school 25 miles away. Instead, considered at invitation from Clarksburg officials two years ago to create a single school district.