January 26th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — The proposed 2015-2016 budgets for six of the Addison Central Supervisory Union’s seven elementary schools reflect spending increases ranging from 0.2 percent to 5.35 percent, but the impact on taxpayers in most communities will be greater due to declining enrollment and other variables.
BRIDPORT — Addison Central Supervisory Union officials are reporting a substantial number of applications from candidates seeking to fill principal vacancies at the Bridport and Cornwall elementary schools.
Peter Burrows, ACSU superintendent, confirmed the district has received 25 applications for the top administrative job at Bridport Central School and another 19 from those wishing to lead Cornwall’s Bingham Memorial School. Burrows said school directors in both towns plan to interview finalists for their respective principal vacancies next month.
LEICESTER — The fifth- and sixth-graders of Leicester Central School have been working hard on their Global-Eco Community Festival that will take place this Thursday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the school. The public is invited to the event.
The Global-Eco Community Festival will highlight the dynamics of cultural and environmental diversity. The festival will help foster a greater awareness and appreciation for the diversity that exists throughout our world.
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen heard at their Jan. 13 meeting from Mayor Bill Benton that he would like them later this year to consider a comprehensive recreation plan for the city.
The first step, said Benton in a Wednesday interview, will be to create a group to assess the city’s recreation inventory and needs and take another look at what residents would like to see offered.
ADDISON COUNTY — As lawmakers wrestle with education funding reform this winter, one idea that has gained some favor in Montpelier is ending “Small School Grants,” extra funding to smaller schools that helps them keep their doors open. Gov. Peter Shumlin, for one, made that recommendation in his Jan. 15 budget address.
In recent years the Legislature has tried to address what lawmakers see as cost inefficiencies in smaller schools by passing laws to encourage unification within and between school districts.
ADDISON COUNTY — State police are investigating burglaries at the elementary schools in Starksboro and Lincoln that occurred over the long Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend in which thousands of dollars of electronics were stolen.
Police said someone broke into Lincoln Community School and Robinson Elementary in Starksboro sometime between Jan. 17 and 20.
FERRISBURGH — Members of each of the 17 county fire departments turned out for the annual Addison County Firefighters Association meeting this past Wednesday evening at the Eagles Club in Ferrisburgh, during which the organization honored several firefighters for their service.
Featured guest Lt. Gov. Phil Scott thanked the hundreds of firefighters, all in their dress uniforms, for helping out in their respective communities.
SALISBURY — Students in many schools have to be reminded to switch off lights as they exit a classroom, or close windows to keep the heat in during the winter.