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Tweaks to Act 46 will help ANwSU

Posted on February 3, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — Lawmakers huddled in the wee hours of Saturday morning and, after weeks of discussions, agreed on a measure to soften Act 46 provisions that penalized school districts — and their taxpayers — for excessive spending.

Locally, school officials in the Addison Central and Addison Northeast supervisory unions said the changes would have little impact.

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Schools ready spending proposals: Career center budget up 0.71 percent

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center officials are proposing an essentially level-service 2016-2017 budget of $3,521,263, representing a 0.71-percent increase in spending compared to this year.

The budget reflects a 1.75-percent increase in the tuition rate assessed to the three Addison County supervisory unions that send students to the career center for vocational and technical education. This means the tuition rate would grow by $210, to a total of $20,454, for each full-time equivalent student who attends the center next year.

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Candidates sought for unified school board in ANwSU

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Residents of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns who are interested in serving on the proposed 12-member board to govern all four ANwSU schools if district unification passes on March 1 must act quickly to get their names on their Town Meeting Day ballots.

Candidates for the position of “Union School Director” for what would become the “Addison Northwest School District” must hand in petitions, signed by 1 percent of their communities’ residents, to their town clerks on or before Monday, Jan. 25.

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VUHS making cuts to reach $10 million budget

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday adopted a $10,026,000 budget proposal for the 2016-2017 school year that represents a 2.23 percent spending cut from current spending.

In what Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent JoAn Canning on Tuesday called an oversight during a lengthy budget discussion, the board did not take up a separate $100,000 capital fund article.

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Vergennes-area school face budget challenges

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — School boards for the Vergennes Union High, Vergennes Union Elementary, Ferrisburgh Central and Addison Central schools will all meet this week to begin what Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials expect to be another challenging budget season.

Act 46, the new law that prompted ANwSU to call for a unification vote in March, also caps how much schools can increase their per-pupil spending.

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ANwSU unification articles nearly done; tax savings, benefits seen

Posted on December 30, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee was set to meet on Dec. 30 to finish its final unification report, including proposed Articles of Agreement, thus setting the stage for a March 1 vote on whether to transform ANwSU into a Unified District under the governance of one board.

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Police cite former superintendent of Vergennes-area schools

Posted on December 18, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Friday cited former Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent Thomas F. O’Brien for embezzling, a charge they said stems from “directing unauthorized payment of over $4,000 for unused vacation time to himself upon his retirement date.”

O’Brien is scheduled to be arraigned in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, on Feb. 22.

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ANwSU hopes to hear from citizens as Act 46 target nears

Posted on December 10, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The last of three Addison Northwest Supervisory Union community forums on the district’s effort to create a one-board system under Act 46 will be held on Monday at Ferrisburgh Central School from 6 to 8 p.m.

Act 46, made law this past spring, offers financial benefits to school districts — and their taxpayers — that unify their governance systems before this coming July, changes that require a Town Meeting Day vote.

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ANwSU invites public to school consolidation forums next week

Posted on November 25, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials have scheduled community forums in Addison and Ferrisburgh to explain to and get feedback from residents about the district’s effort to unify under Vermont’s new education law, Act 46.

Act 46, made law this past spring, offers financial benefits to school districts — and their taxpayers — that unify their governance under one common school board before this coming July.

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Public invited to discuss ANwSU unification

Posted on October 25, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee is inviting residents of the five union towns to an Oct. 28 forum to learn more and ask questions about potential ANwSU unification under Vermont’s new education law, Act 46.

Act 46 created more incentives than were available when ANwSU previously considered unification, and also for the first time created penalties for those that do not do so in a timely manner.

The forum on this coming Wednesday will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Vergennes Union High School library.

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