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ANeSU, ANwSU school boards regroup after budgets go down

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
By Zach Despart and Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — Five school boards in northern Addison County will meet in the coming weeks to draft new budget proposals after voters said “no” to initial proposed spending plans on Town Meeting Day.

The Vergennes Union High School board will meet on Monday at 6 p.m. in the school library to consider its next move. Its $10.47 million budget proposal lost, 831-718, on Town Meeting Day, with close votes in all of the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns except Ferrisburgh, which voted against the proposal, 328-243.

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County voters reject five school budgets

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By Zach Despart and Evan Johnson



ADDISON COUNTY — Voters in the northern half of Addison County rejected five school budgets in two supervisory unions on Tuesday evening, a sign that voters remain frustrated with the rising costs of education taxes.

Residents rejected spending plans for Vergennes Union High School and Ferrisburgh Central School in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union, and three schools in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union: Mount Abraham Union High School, Monkton Central School and Bristol Elementary School.

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Substantial state spending cuts loom

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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WHITING — Town officials hoping for some sort of financial life preserver this year from the state for ailing municipal and/or school programs had better learn how to tread water.

That’s because local lawmakers on Monday served notice they are trying to erase a $112 million shortfall in the fiscal year 2016 state budget. And unlike past years, there is no federal stimulus money, nor better-than-anticipated tax revenues to close the gap.

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Town Meeting Recaps 2015 - See what voters decided in each town

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON COUNTY — Tuesday was Town Meeting Day, where residents in each of Addison County's 23 municipalities and Brandon gathered to debate issues and vote for budgets and town officers. Below is our recap for each town.

Addison

Brandon

Bridport

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Editorial: Voters' message on school budgets — Keep moving forward

Posted on March 4, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



School budgets around the state, for the most part, fared better this year than last when 34 budgets were defeated in town meeting balloting. Why the difference? Largely because the average school budget increase was held to just under 3 percent, compared to much higher increases in 2014.

But there is also the perception that the Legislature is responding to the changing landscape caused by the steep decline in the number of students in Vermont (it’s down 21,000 in the past two decades), the low teacher-pupil ratios and the consequent high per-pupil cost.

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Opinion: ANwSU voters need to rise up, reject school budgets

Posted on March 2, 2015 |
By Elizabeth Armstrong



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High school budget plans vary widely

Posted on February 26, 2015 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Along with the other business on their respective town meeting plates, Addison County voters will be deciding four high school budgets to cover the 2015-2016 academic year.

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Mary Hogan spending plan reflects a 1.94 percent increase

Posted on February 23, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters on April 8 will vote on a proposed Mary Hogan Elementary School spending plan of $6,775,965 for the coming fiscal year. That figure represents a 1.94-percent increase over the current spending plan.

The budget would enable Mary Hogan Elementary to maintain its current staffing and programs and also boost the amount of assistance it receives from the Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) to work with students who have behavioral problems, according to Principal Tom Buzzell.

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ID-4 board right in wanting to keep annual meeting

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Susan Shashok



I saw the editorial about potentially changing the ID-4 budget process. I am glad that petitioners are looking to raise awareness of our local school budget, such a great topic.! I wish to share other thoughts that come to mind since they were not covered by the paper.

I attended the last ID-4 meeting and witnessed a very thoughtful board wrestling with a complicated question. They have done their homework on their current charter and certainly welcome more participation in their budget voting and process.

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VUES seeks 7.7 percent budget hike

Posted on February 16, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — On Town Meeting Day voters in Vergennes, Panton and Waltham will be asked to approve a $4.7 million Vergennes Union Elementary School budget that would increase spending by about 7.7 percent over the current level of about $4.36 million.

Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent JoAn Canning said the VUES board adopted that spending plan on the recommendation of administrators.

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