By CYRUS LEVESQUE
VERGENNES â€” After more than a year of negotiations, the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union and the teachersâ€™ union in the district have come to an agreement. A four-year contract was ratified at the ANwSU board meeting last week, which will provide about 4.25 percent new money each year for professional staff, retroactive to when the previous contract expired in the summer, and a normalized salary scale.
â€œItâ€™s never an easy process, but it was done and both sides ratified the outcome fairly easily,â€? said school board Chair Samantha Kayhart. â€œWeâ€™re pleased with the outcome.â€?
The contract covers teachers at all four schools in the district: Addison Central School, Ferrisburgh Central School, Vergennes Union Elementary School and Vergennes Union High School. The teacherâ€™s union, the Addison Northwest Teachers Association (ANTA), ratified the contract on Nov. 30, and then the ANwSU board ratified it on Dec. 6.
By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY â€” Voters in the Addison Central Supervisory Union on Jan. 9 will be asked once again to approve funding for a new elevator project and hot water storage system at Middlebury Union High School, only this new request also calls for extensive roof work at the MUHS building. The additional work will push the price tag to $935,5000.
School district voters on Feb. 28 agreed to spend $486,000 to replace the elevator and hot water storage system at MUHS. The current freight-style elevator at the school doesnâ€™t meet the stateâ€™s fire safety laws, while the buildingâ€™s hot water system is 50 years old.
District officials had hoped to see the projects completed this past summer. But all three bids for the work came in at figures that exceeded â€” by at least $60,000 â€” the $486,000 available for the projects.