FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Central School board on Thursday could make final a 2013-2014 budget proposal that if approved by residents in March would increase school spending by about 4.9 percent.
The draft that board members will be working with on Thursday would add almost $152,000 to current spending and request approval of spending a little more than $3.26 million.
VERMONT — Under the shadow of fiscal cliff negotiations, Congress last week also passed measures to avert an anticipated spike in milk prices, which in the absence of a new Farm Bill was set to occur on the first of the year.
MIDDLEBURY — When the Addison Central Supervisory Union board next meets on Jan. 16, it will begin to discuss whether to quickly launch a fourth attempt at hiring a new superintendent or instead focus on bringing in an interim administrator to temporarily take the helm come July 1.
Some board members also promised the upcoming discussion will include a debate on what the ACSU could do to reduce the number of board meetings the superintendent must attend as part of the job.
MIDDLEBURY — Otter Creek Audubon’s sixth annual Cabin Fever Lecture Series for winter 2013 will kick off this Thursday evening. All events take place at 7 p.m. at Ilsley Library in Middlebury on the second Thursday of each month between January and March. They are free and open to the public.
VERMONT — The Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports is urging young Vermonters — and the young at heart — to try free Nordic (cross-country) skiing and snowshoeing this coming Saturday, Jan. 12, and to maintain healthful amounts of physical activities throughout the winter season.
MONTPELIER (AP) — Vermont’s minimum wage went up 14 cents an hour, effective New Year’s Day, to $8.60 per hour.
That’s according to a state law that says the wage will go up each year by either 5 percent or an amount that matches the Consumer Price Index, whichever is less.
The minimum wage for workers in places like hotels and restaurants, who rely on tips for a significant part of their income, went from $4.10 to $4.17.
Such increases often trigger raises for workers making just above the minimum wage, as well.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team on Saturday overcame a hot goalie and a 1-0 second-period deficit to defeat visiting NESCAC foe Wesleyan, 3-1.
That victory finished a 3-0 week that was the Panthers’ first action after the holiday break — they defeated Wesleyan at home on Friday, 6-1, and won a non-league game at Utica on Wednesday, 4-1. The Panthers (8-1-1 overall, 5-0-1 NESCAC) were No. 4 in last week’s NCAA Division III poll.