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Steve Small leaving large legacy at A.R.T.

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — If local playwright Dana Yeaton were writing the want ad for the next director of the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center’s Addison Repertory Theater, known as A.R.T., he’d start with a photo of the person who is about to step down from that position.

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ACSD gets new business head

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District has a new business manager: Brittany Gilman, who currently serves in that capacity for the Rutland Central Supervisory Union (RCSU).

Gilman will officially begin her new job on June 1, taking over for Josh Quinn, who is stepping down to become an audit manager with a Maine-based accounting firm, RHR Smith & Co.

Peter Burrows, Addison Central superintendent, said Gilman had the right credentials and emerged as the top candidate during interviews.

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Guest editorial: Legislators must stand with voters

Posted on April 9, 2018 |
By Allen Gilbert



There have been some very good ideas, and some very bad ideas, over the years about changing the state’s education funding system.

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Mt. Abe teacher Jori Jacobeit wins foreign language honor

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — For Mount Abraham Union High School Principal Jessica Barewicz it was one of those moments that makes the job worthwhile.

On March 15, during the spring conference of the Vermont Foreign Language Association at Saint Michael’s College, Barewicz had the pleasure of presenting an award to one of her own.

Mount Abe French teacher Jori Jacobeit has won the 2018 VFLA Distinguished Teacher award.

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Five-town forum draws crowd to discuss future of Mount Abe

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Charlie Mitchell



BRISTOL — About 50 community members gathered this past Saturday morning at Mount Abraham Union High School to facilitate a process for the entire community to “take ownership of stuff we think really needs to get done” at the high school and, according to Bristol resident David Brynn, apply that energy collaboratively with the school board and high school administration.

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Act 60 architect John Freidin pans school funding plan

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — One of the architects of the state’s current education finance system is not very impressed with the House-passed alternative, H.911.

H.911, among other things, proposes to raise roughly $59 million through a new “school income tax surcharge” on homesteads (a house and two acres). That surcharge would be offset by a commensurate reduction in property taxes, according to boosters of the bill.

Former Rep. John Freidin, a Democrat now living in Middlebury, was candid in his criticism of the Legislature’s latest effort at an Act 60 makeover.

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Nominations sought for Vt. award for educator of the year

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — The Vermont Humanities Council seeks nominations for its Victor R. Swenson Humanities Educator Award, which recognizes a Vermont educator in grades 6 through 12 who exemplifies excellence in the teaching of the humanities.

The recipient will receive a $1,000 check and public recognition at VHC’s fall conference on November 17 at UVM’s Dudley Davis Center. Last year’s winner was Marsha Cassel of Rutland High School.

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Lawmakers mull reductions in special education spending

Posted on February 8, 2018 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Revamping the way Vermont pays for its public schools once again took center stage at Monday’s legislative breakfast at the Bristol American Legion Hall, and local lawmakers are specifically focused this session on reducing special education expenses.

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Area lawmakers pan Scott's education funding plan

Posted on February 9, 2017 |
By John Flowers



BRIDPORT — Local legislators on Monday criticized Gov. Phil Scott’s proposal that school districts budget the same amount of spending for fiscal year 2018 as they are for this year, saying such a move would unfairly restrict local budget planners and could run counter to a 20-year-old Vermont Supreme Court ruling on education funding.

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Bureaucratic snafu almost costs pre-K providers

Posted on September 15, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — An accord reached on Tuesday between the Vermont Agency of Education and the three Addison County school districts has defused what was looming as a significant financial hit for area parents and dozens of early education providers participating in the state’s new universal pre-K program.

At issue was a decision by Addison Central, Northeast and Northwest supervisory unions to delay implementation of the universal pre-K program, including payments to local providers.

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