Among all the students in Windham Southeast Supervisory Union, only those in Vernon get to choose where they want to go to class starting in seventh grade.

While some head to Brattleboro with their peers from elsewhere in the union, others head south to Massachusetts – often to Pioneer Valley Regional School.

It’s an arrangement that could be threatened by new school-governance structures taking shape across Vermont under Act 46. But it now appears that Vernon’s unique school choice setup may be codified in state law, possibly allowing the town’s school district an exemption from mergers and school choice concerns that are affecting other districts.