By JOHN S. McCRIGHT
ADDISON COUNTY/BRANDON — Eleven area schools have been tapped to receive about $450,000 to pay for computer hardware and software as the result of the settlement of a consumer fraud suit against Microsoft Corp.
Superintendents in all four of the local supervisory unions this week received letters from the Vermont Department of Education telling them that some of their schools would be among the 135 Vermont schools that will share in $4.7 million Microsoft agreed to pay in order to settle a 2001 court case. The payouts will come in the form of vouchers that could be used to purchase certain computer software and hardware products, and related services, which need not be from Microsoft.
“It’s like manna from heaven,” said William Mathis, superintendent of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union.
By CYRUS LEVESQUE
MONTPELIER — Vermont dairy farmers by the end of next week are expected to receive their first checks under an emergency price support program implemented by the state in late June.
Officials at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture explained this week that under the Vermont Target Price Program (VTPP) they will pay dairy farmers 99 cents per hundredweight for milk they sold in June. The $8.6 million VTPP fund was created by Gov. James Douglas and the Vermont Legislature in late June to help dairy farms handle the losses caused by the combination of bad weather, high fuel prices and low milk prices.
“It’s definitely going to help,” said Ferrisburgh dairy farmer Ray Brands. “Right now, the prices are at their lowest point.”
By CYRUS LEVESQUE
NEW HAVEN — After 28 years on the New Haven selectboard, Amos Roleau III resigned his position at the body’s July 11 meeting, saying he was discouraged by changes in the town in recent years.
Looking back on his time in office, Roleau was concerned about the direction he thought things were going. “The (town) government is going to have to change,” he said. “You’re getting more municipal services that everyone wants, and that has to come from somewhere.”
He said that if current trends continued, New Haven would need a larger town government, including offices like a town manager or a town planner, which he opposed.
Roleau said one of his biggest reasons for leaving was the voters’ decision, made at a special town meeting May 25, to decide future town government issues by Australian ballot. “That, to me, means we don’t even need a town meeting any more,” Roleau explained.