The bulk of Vermont towns and cities have a single elementary school. But with enrollment declining many towns are having a hard time keeping an elementary school open. Back when I was growing up combined grade classrooms were not uncommon. I even taught as a traveling specialist (music) to a town where there were 2 classrooms, one for grades 1-2-3, and the other for 4-5-6. Then I drove up the road to another town that had a one room school-house where the one teacher taught grades 1-6. The classroom enrolments ran between 20 – 30.
These days the bulk of parents in Vermont hail from a background of large elementary school and have no understanding of multi-age classrooms. They are adamant that their children be educated in a single grade setting. In the town where I reside that means class sizes average 11 students. Now I think that is mostly a wonderful thing for the teachers and students. However it is not cost efficient. It makes school consolidation — busing students from a number of towns to one central building a hot topic.
The two towns I referred to above have both closed their elementary schools and their students are now bused to other towns. Time will tell whether the town where I reside will remain open as currently structured, opt to remain open with combined grade classrooms, or close and have students bused to a neighboring town. I have no idea what the bulk of the voting public will decide.