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New organization at college will tackle world problems

Posted on January 30, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — The newest department at Middlebury College isn’t academic.

Instead, it aims to extend the skills and resources students learn within the academic institution to solve problems throughout the world.

The Center for Social Entrepreneurship, which launched with a three-day symposium last week, will coordinate skills, resources and networks at Middlebury College to help budding social entrepreneurs target the problems they see in the world.

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Addison proposes lower school budget

Posted on January 30, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — The Addison Central School board has for the third straight year adopted a proposed budget that if approved on Town Meeting Day will lower spending and, according to Addison Northwest Supervisory Union estimates, could also mean a lower education property tax rate.

In March, Addison residents will weigh in on a proposal for about $1.68 million of spending in the coming school year. It would cut about $28,400, or 1.66 percent, from the current budget.

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Metalwork project teaches life lessons

Posted on January 26, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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BRISTOL — It’s not unusual to see four students lingering late in Jim Brown’s technology education room at Mount Abraham Union High School, putting the finishing touches on an intricately welded steel contraption as the semester winds down.

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United Way spearheads literacy in schools

Posted on January 23, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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SALISBURY — One doesn’t have to read between the lines to see the United Way of Addison County’s (UWAC) commitment to literacy.

The nonprofit organization on Monday announced a three-year, $30,000 commitment to promoting reading in four county grade schools, beginning with Salisbury Elementary.

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ACSU corrects Ripton budget

Posted on January 23, 2012 |
By Addy Indy Staff



CORRECTION: A story on the Ripton Elementary School budget that ran on Page 1A of last Thursday’s Addison Independent had a major inaccuracy. The proposed 2012-2013 Ripton Elementary School spending plan of $775,360, a 5.4-percent increase, will not require two votes at town meeting after all.

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VUHS sees 2% hike; first in four years

Posted on January 12, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday settled on an $8.97 million budget proposal to put before Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters in March. The plan would increase spending at VUHS by a little less than 2 percent — essentially back to the school’s 2007-2008 level.

Monday’s action followed a Jan. 3 meeting at which the VUHS board asked administrators to cut back their recommendation of a 2.47-percent hike to less than 2 percent.

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'J-term' expands student opportunities

Posted on January 12, 2012 |
By Kaitlyn Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — For the next few weeks most Middlebury College students won’t be studying typical academic subjects like biochemistry or economics. Instead, they will learn about topics ranging from adventure writing to Motown.

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UD-3 seeks 3.18% spending boost

Posted on January 12, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 board on Tuesday agreed to present voters with a 2012-2013 budget of about $16.1 million, representing a 3.18-percent spending increase compared to this year.

While school officials are awaiting firmer state aid information from Montpelier, they are estimating the budget would require a homestead education property tax rate of $1.506 per $100 in property value, representing a 1.4-percent increase compared to this year’s rate of $1.503.

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Board sets $1M bond for new MUMS roof

Posted on January 12, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) voters on March 6 will be asked to approve a 20-year, $1,012,491 bond to replace the Middlebury Union Middle School roof.

The UD-3 board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to place the bond issue on the Town Meeting Day ballots of the seven ACSU-member towns after bids had been opened for the job. Rutland-based Quinn Company submitted the lowest bid for a new metal roofing system for MUMS.

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MiddCORE takes liberal arts out of the classroom

Posted on January 12, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — MiddCORE isn’t a typical college class. It’s not a science, math, economics, business or English class — though students may use skills learned from such classes. And it requires a time commitment larger than an average full-time job.

Instead, the Middlebury College January term class that this year drew in 32 students from 21 different fields is summed up by the CORE acronym: Creativity, Opportunity, Risk and Entrepreneurship.

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