June 7th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — Life can take you down some bumpy and trying paths, and Megan Coon has the bruises to prove it.
She thought she had her life all mapped out.
After graduating from Middlebury Union High School in 2003, Coon enrolled at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh.
“I wasn’t mature enough to finish,” Coon lamented. “I did one-and-a-half years, then I decided to take some time to grow up and figure out what I wanted to do.”
MONKTON — At the end of today, Monkton Central School Assistant Principal and Special Educator Mary Gemignani will walk out the same doors she’s passed through for decades and set afoot on a new adventure.
She is leaving the Monkton school to blaze a new path through life and focus her energy on revitalizing education in the war-torn Liberian village of Klay — the same place that sparked the revered educator’s passion for teaching.
VERGENNES — Teachers and the school board within the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union have settled on a two-year teacher contract more than a month before the current contract expires on June 30.
Both Kristin Bristow, lead negotiator for the school boards, and Rose Wenzel, co-chief negotiator for the teachers, said the negotiation went smoothly, taking just a few months — from the first meeting in December until the teachers ratified the contract last Tuesday — to work out the full contract details.
VERGENNES –– The scene behind Vergennes Union High School was horrifying. Shattered glass littered the ground around two totaled cars. A teenage girl lay unconscious on the hood of one car. Other teens were slumped in their seats, covered in blood.
It seemed real –– and that was the intended effect.
BRISTOL — For almost two years, Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANeSU) teachers have been working without a collective bargaining agreement. Representatives from the ANeSU teachers’ union are hoping to reach an agreement on Monday and shed the imposed conditions that they’ve been working under since January 2011.
The negotiations, slated for Monday, will be held behind closed doors in executive session.
ORWELL — In the 36 years since Sally (Gilmore) DeLancey, 57, first set foot in the Orwell Village School to start work as a kindergarten teacher, a lot has changed.
DeLancey, who is retiring from her position this month, said she has seen curriculum pushed ahead by leaps and bounds, and children have been required to know more and more in their early years.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Planning Commission on Monday held its first of two public hearings on a draft of the revised town plan, a lengthy document that will be open to further changes based on community input during the coming months.
The state requires Vermont communities to update their town plans — blueprints for how municipalities see themselves currently and how they would like to grow in the future — every five years.
MIDDLEBURY — This summer, those looking for art won’t find it at the Middlebury College Museum of Art.
The museum’s sprinkler and plumbing system is undergoing significant repair work, which began in May and will continue until August, said Douglas Perkins, operations manager for the museum.
The museum, which is housed in the Mahaney Center for the Arts, will reopen Sept. 4, and the main exhibit for the fall, “China Modern,” will go up Sept. 13.