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ACSU schools tighten spending

Posted on January 21, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union’s seven elementary school boards have all been preparing 2010-2011 spending plans reflecting less than a 2 percent bump in spending, but education property taxes are still pegged to escalate at a much higher rate — including by more than 19 percent in Weybridge.

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Mt. Abe holds line on budget

Posted on January 21, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board of directors on Tuesday agreed to send a $13,233,629 spending plan for the 2010-2011 school year to voters in the five towns in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union on Town Meeting Day.

Total spending in the proposed budget is down 1.72 percent from the current year’s numbers, and matches this year’s educational spending dollar-for-dollar. Declining student enrollment, however, means the level-funded budget would still reflect a roughly 6 percent increase in per pupil spending.

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VUES board adopts level spending plan

Posted on January 21, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Although the face value of the Vergennes Union Elementary School budget will look bigger, residents of Vergennes, Panton on Waltham will be asked on Town Meeting Day this year to approve a little less elementary school spending than in 2009.

That’s because the 2010-2011 VUES budget will include money previously voted on separately in the three union towns’ ID board (essentially elementary school board) budgets.

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VUHS sees small spending cut

Posted on January 19, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board last week adopted an $8.9 million budget for 2010-2011 that calls for a decrease of about $11,000 from current spending levels.

Despite that level-funded spending plan, Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials said declining enrollments in three of the four union schools and the expected hike in the statewide education property tax rate would lead to increase in residential property taxes in the five ANwSU towns.

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Filing deadline nears for ANwSU one-board hopefuls

Posted on January 18, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Residents of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns who are interested in serving on the proposed new consolidated board to govern the four ANwSU schools have until Monday, Jan. 25, to take out petitions to put their names on Town Meeting Day ballots. Those petitions are available at town clerks’ offices.

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UD-3 board declines to revisit budget

Posted on January 14, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A majority of the UD-3 board on Tuesday rejected a motion to reopen the proposed 2010-2011 budget for additional cuts, stating it was too late in the process to make sweeping changes and that district voters will have a chance to send them a message about the spending plan on Town Meeting Day.

The board had called the meeting late last week after it received information from the state that indicated property taxes in some Addison Central Supervisory Union towns could be rising dramatically despite a proposed 2.81 percent increase in spending.

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OV spending to fall, but taxes to rise

Posted on January 14, 2010 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School board last week approved a $10,675,889 spending plan for 2010-2011 to send to voters on Town Meeting Day, but the school’s administrative structure for next year is still unclear.

The big question is: Will there be a dean of students and if so, what will that position look like?

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Commission floats pension changes for teachers

Posted on January 14, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MONTPELIER — The report released last week by the commission that evaluated retirement benefits for Vermont teachers and state workers lays out 10 recommendations intended to decrease deficits in the state employee pension fund by, among other things, increasing employee contributions to their retirement accounts and raising the retirement age.

To Martha Allen, president of the Vermont National Education Association (VT-NEA), the report’s recommendations are disappointing.

“What the report wants is for teachers to work longer, pay more and get less,” she said.

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Addison faces familiar budgeting challenge

Posted on January 11, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — About three dozen Addison residents gathered on Thursday to hear Addison Central School officials explain that even with about $180,000 of proposed cuts to the school’s current budget of about $1.9 million, their tax rates will rise if that plan — and the proposed Vergennes Union High School budget — passes on Town Meeting Day.

ACS Principal Wayne Howe said the issues Addison faces are the same most small, rural schools are struggling with: meeting educational mandates with limited resources while working against the economy of scale brought on by declining enrollment.

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ACSU budgets hit hard by state aid calculation

Posted on January 11, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 school board will hold a special budget meeting this Tuesday, Jan. 12, to discuss new education funding information from the state that indicates the seven towns in the Addison Central Supervisory Union could be in store for even worse budget news than they had anticipated.

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