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Seasoned educator takes helm at Starksboro's Robinson Elementary

Posted on August 17, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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STARKSBORO — “I love being a principal,” says new Robinson Elementary School Principal Edorah Frazer. “It’s kaleidoscopic. It changes every single day.”

Frazer took the helm at the Starksboro primary school July 1, and has been preparing for the start of classes next week. She took a breather last week to introduce herself to the community and discuss her background.

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Starksboro narrowly defeats move to vote on school budgets at polls

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



STARKSBORO — Starksboro residents voted to keep town meeting as the forum for ratifying the Robinson Elementary School budget, instead of changing to Australian ballot.

More than 100 persons attended the Aug. 4 special town meeting at Robinson Elementary, which came about after some residents were upset over the way the school spending plan was increased at the town meeting on Feb. 28. Petitioners sought to have future school budgets approved by day-long balloting at voting booths.

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Starksboro: Will it decide school budgets at town meeting or vote at the polls

Posted on July 23, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



STARKSBORO — Starksboro will hold a special town meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 4, to decide whether to change the method by which voters approve the Robinson Elementary School annual budget.

At issue is which method — voting in person at town meeting or voting at the polls by what is called “Australian ballot” — provides the best forum for public discussion and participation while ensuring a budget that matches the community’s financial resources with its desire for excellence in education.

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Starksboro backs $1.6 million town garage bond

Posted on May 28, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



STARKSBORO — Voters in Starksboro on Tuesday approved a $1.65 million bond issue to build a new town garage.

Residents voted 159 in favor of, and 20 opposed to building a new 7,000-square-foot garage on town-owned land north of the town offices on Route 116, near the fire station.

The new structure will be almost twice as large as the current facility so it can house all the road crew’s equipment: three trucks, a tractor, a grader and other smaller pieces of equipment.

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Starksboro residents approve new budget for Robinson Elementary

Posted on May 4, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — More than 200 Starksboro residents packed the auditorium at Mount Abraham Union High School on Saturday morning for a special meeting to reconsider the budget Robinson Elementary School voters approved in February.

After more than an hour of debate, those residents approved a spending plan that was larger than the figure originally warned for the Feb. 28 annual meeting, but less than the figure that had been approved at that February meeting.

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Starksboro to vote Saturday on Robinson school budget

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



STARKSBORO — The meeting this Saturday morning to reconsider the spending plan for Starksboro’s Robinson Elementary School will be held in the Mount Abraham Union High School auditorium in an effort to accommodate as many voters as possible.

“We didn’t want to have the remotest possibility that we’d overwhelm the space at Robinson,” said Starksboro School Board chair Louis duPont. “It’s better to have a bigger room.”

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Urging Starksboro residents to vote on school budget

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
By Bonita Bedard



To my fellow Starksboro Taxpayers,

I am writing to ask every registered voter in Starksboro to come to the Reconsideration of the Robinson Elementary Budget meeting at Mt. Abe, Saturday, May 2, at 9 a.m. This reconsideration opportunity was made possible by a group of taxpayers who got a petition together and signed in response to the unprecedented increase in the Robinson budget voted from the floor at Town Meeting.

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Residents will cast ballots on $1.65M town garage in Starksboro

Posted on April 20, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



STARKSBORO — Voters in Starksboro will soon have the chance to weigh in on a proposal for a new town garage.

Selectwoman Susan Jeffries said the town selectboard plans to warn a vote on a $1.65 million bond for May 26.

For many residents, the vote couldn’t come soon enough. Asked what’s wrong with the current garage on Route 116, Jeffries said asking what isn’t wrong would provide a shorter answer.

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Robinson school principal hands in resignation letter

Posted on March 23, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



STARKSBORO — Robinson Elementary School Principal Patrick Hartnett submitted his letter of resignation to the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union on March 6, indicating that he would step down at the end of the year. He also expressed gratitude for the opportunity to helm the Starksboro school for three years.

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Starksboro to revote Robinson school spending plan

Posted on March 23, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



STARKSBORO — Starksboro residents will be the fourth group of voters in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union to revote their school budget.

After a group of town residents last week submitted a petition to the school board to force a second vote on the Robinson Elementary School spending plan for the coming fiscal year, the board tentatively scheduled the revote to be held at a May 2 meeting.

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