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Opinion: School spending must be curbed

Posted on March 12, 2014 |
By Ivan St. George



It never fails, year after year we hear rumblings from our elected representatives that lament the property tax burden we all face yet, year after year the rumblings sound more like lip service than genuine active concern that results in action.

The boards correctly blame the legislators and vice versa and that is where the problem lies.

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Board seeks voter OK for $600,000 to fix VUHS roof

Posted on April 15, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Residents of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns will be asked in a district-wide May 14 vote to support a five-year, $600,000 loan to put a new roof on the leaky Vergennes Union High School classroom wing and auditorium.

In Vergennes, balloting will coincide with the city council’s request for a $1.45 million bond to build a new North Main Street police station, and school and city officials are looking at holding a joint informational meeting, possibly on May 7.

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Middlebury OKs Mary Hogan School budget

Posted on April 12, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A group of around 20 Middlebury residents joined their local school board on Wednesday evening to vote unanimously for 2013-2014 spending plan of $6,418,788 for Mary Hogan Elementary School.

The meeting lasted around one hour, according to ID-4 school board Chairwoman Ruth Hardy.

“There were some good questions and people seemed genuinely supportive” of the budget, Hardy said.

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Middlebury to vote Wednesday on $6.4 million school budget

Posted on April 8, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters on Wednesday, April 10, will meet at Mary Hogan Elementary School to decide a proposed 2013-2014 spending plan of $6,418,788, representing a 4.46-percent increase. The budget reflects, among other things, a growing commitment to science, technology, engineering and math programs.

But thanks in part to a student enrollment that’s expected to grow by 10 next fall (to a total of around 405), the property tax-affecting portion of the budget is expected to rise by only 0.82 percent, according to school administrators.

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Mount Abe high school spending pegged to rise 2 percent

Posted on March 1, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — Voters in the five towns that make up the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union on Tuesday will weigh in on a proposed Mount Abraham Union High School budget for the 2013-2014 year that features $13,812,984 in spending.

That figure represents and increase of just under 2 percent, compared to the $13,542,142 approved for the current fiscal year.

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School spending increases eyed for two ANwSU elementary schools, decrease at third

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The three Addison Northwest Supervisory Union elementary school boards recently adopted spending plans for the 2013-2014 academic year that in two cases would boost their budgets by close to 5 percent, and in the third case drop spending by almost 4 percent.

The proposed Vergennes Union Elementary School (VUES) budget is up by 4.7 percent, while the Ferrisburgh Central School (FCS) board is seeking approval on Town Meeting Day for a 4.88 percent increase.

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ANwSU tax rates seen rising by 7 to 9.6 cents

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — With Monday’s adoption of a proposed $9.5 million Vergennes Union High School budget, estimates for Addison Northwest Supervisory Union school tax rates have also been released and show a range of increase from about 7 to 9.6 cents in the five towns.

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