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Mount Abe board adopts budget strategy

Posted on March 26, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board has laid out a timeline and strategy to draft a new budget proposal that could gain voter approval.

Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters on Town Meeting Day rejected, by a tally of 1,241 to 1,088, a proposed $14.06 million spending plan to operate the school next year. That sum was slightly lower than the figure voters approved for the current year.

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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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Voters urge transparency as Mt. Abe board makes plans

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — More than 50 Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters packed the Mount Abraham Union High School library Tuesday evening to voice concerns to the school board about how to create a new budget proposal.

On Town Meeting Day voters in the five town area rejected the initial $14.06 million spending plan, 1,241–1,088. The board is working to put a new budget before voters later this spring.

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Date approved for balloting on Ferrisburgh school budget

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — When the Vergennes Union High School board on Tuesday decided on a new budget proposal and vote date (see story, Page 1A), those actions triggered a date for a second Ferrisburgh Central School budget vote.

That revote, like the VUHS revote, will be held on Tuesday, May 5.

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State budget deficit: How deep should cuts be?

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Citizens who attended the weekly Legislative Breakfast on Monday heard from lawmakers about their struggle with the fiscal year 2016 general fund budget, which is facing a projected $112 million revenue shortfall.

Among the proposed cuts under consideration to shore up the budget are two of the Vermont Department of Public Safety’s four Public Service Answering Points (PSAPs) — better known as E-911 dispatching centers — in Derby and Rutland.

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Bristol Elementary seeks voter input on budget

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — The Bristol Elementary School board has taken steps to get feedback for a new spending proposal, laid out a timeline of public forums and set a date by which it hopes to warn a new budget vote.

Board members decided at their Monday evening meeting that they will host a community forum on Monday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the BES cafeteria, during which Bristol residents will split into small groups and answer questions posed by the board.

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Two-tiered VUHS revote set

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board at a special meeting on Tuesday decided to put a two-tiered budget proposal before voters on May 5.

The first article on the ballot will ask Addison Northwest Supervisory Union residents to back a spending plan that includes about $156,000 of cuts from the $10.47 million proposal that lost on Town Meeting Day, 831-718.

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Ferrisburgh Central School board makes reductions in new budget

Posted on March 16, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents will look at a lower Ferrisburgh Central School budget for a revote that will be timed to coincide with the Vergennes Union High School budget revote. The VUHS board last week eyed April 14 as a vote date.

On this past Thursday, the Ferrisburgh Central School (FCS) board approved a new spending plan of about $3.581 million, $39,113 less than the $3.62 million plan defeated on Town Meeting Day, 302-267. The FCS budget revote date will be set once the VUHS budget revote is set — likely this week.

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Monkton Central School board listens to community, mulls options for new budget

Posted on March 16, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



MONKTON — As the Monkton Central School board works on a new spending plan to put before voters, it is soliciting input from the community.

“We’re hopeful that we can find the path to the budget that’s going to be acceptable to voters by getting input from the community,” board member Marikate Kelley said late last week after the board’s Thursday evening school board meeting.

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Opinion: VUHS cuts would hurt kids, school, property values

Posted on March 16, 2015 |
By Christopher Wyckoff



As a Vergennes Union High School faculty member, local taxpayer and parent, I find myself in a very awkward situation. As a faculty member I support my school and my community. I want to make it clear that my job is not in jeopardy from the proposed cuts. As a local taxpayer and parent, I feel an obligation to write this letter to inform the public on some of the details of the proposed budget and some of my thoughts on this process.

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