Archive - Jan 12, 2012
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday settled on an $8.97 million budget proposal to put before Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters in March. The plan would increase spending at VUHS by a little less than 2 percent — essentially back to the school’s 2007-2008 level.
Monday’s action followed a Jan. 3 meeting at which the VUHS board asked administrators to cut back their recommendation of a 2.47-percent hike to less than 2 percent.
MIDDLEBURY — For the next few weeks most Middlebury College students won’t be studying typical academic subjects like biochemistry or economics. Instead, they will learn about topics ranging from adventure writing to Motown.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — A group of federal, state and Middlebury representatives met on Tuesday to discuss the future of the East Middlebury stretch of the Middlebury River.
The meeting came in the wake of last August’s Tropical Storm Irene, after which the town of Middlebury put earthmoving equipment in the river and started dredging to repair damage and guard against future damage.
MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 board on Tuesday agreed to present voters with a 2012-2013 budget of about $16.1 million, representing a 3.18-percent spending increase compared to this year.
While school officials are awaiting firmer state aid information from Montpelier, they are estimating the budget would require a homestead education property tax rate of $1.506 per $100 in property value, representing a 1.4-percent increase compared to this year’s rate of $1.503.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) voters on March 6 will be asked to approve a 20-year, $1,012,491 bond to replace the Middlebury Union Middle School roof.
The UD-3 board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to place the bond issue on the Town Meeting Day ballots of the seven ACSU-member towns after bids had been opened for the job. Rutland-based Quinn Company submitted the lowest bid for a new metal roofing system for MUMS.
MIDDLEBURY — MiddCORE isn’t a typical college class. It’s not a science, math, economics, business or English class — though students may use skills learned from such classes. And it requires a time commitment larger than an average full-time job.
Instead, the Middlebury College January term class that this year drew in 32 students from 21 different fields is summed up by the CORE acronym: Creativity, Opportunity, Risk and Entrepreneurship.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) Business Manager Paula VanMinos resigned on Wednesday after having been missing from the job for more than two weeks.
Her resignation can at the same time that ACSU leaders had been poised to dismiss her in view of having not responded to her supervisors’ e-mails and phone calls since Dec. 22.
MIDDLEBURY — What happens when students forget standardized testing, ditch the desks, and get their hands dirty?
The four programs that contributed student artwork, poetry, essays and photography to the Vermont Folklife Center’s “Learning with the Land” exhibit do just that. From growing vegetables to building primitive shelters, the Walden Project, Monkton Central School’s Salad Days, EarthWalk Vermont and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps high school leadership program are all using nature-based education to structure learning.