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More kids sit down to breakfast at school

Posted on December 17, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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ADDISON COUNTY — The number of Vermont schoolchildren participating in school breakfast programs is on the rise, but many school administrators and food program directors are finding that federal and state reimbursements for the programs aren’t covering the costs of those initiatives.

On average, almost 15,000 low-income schoolchildren eat a free school breakfast every day in Vermont. That number represents a 15.5 percent increase over last year’s figures, according to the Food Research and Action Center, and marks the largest percent increase in the country.

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Mt. Abe faces unexpected $475,000 in spending cuts

Posted on December 17, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL — An accounting mistake sent up a major roadblock for the Mount Abraham Union High School board of directors this week, sending school board members and administrators back to square one to draft the high school’s 2010-2011 spending plan all while grappling with an unexpected additional $475,000 in necessary cuts.

Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Business Manager explained that an incomplete estimate in the early budget drafts put the “balance forward” number in the school budget much higher than is accurate.

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OV eyes more than $350k in budget cuts

BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School Board is seeking feedback from Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union-area residents at a budget forum at its Dec. 16 meeting at 7 p.m. in the OV auditorium.

At the OV board’s Dec. 2 budget-building session, board members and administration first learned the full magnitude of the budget impacts they are facing. Since October, they had been working on a plan to cut $350,000 from the current spending plan in an attempt to create a 2010-2011 budget that results in no increase in property tax rates for district towns.

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ANwSU spending plans face crunch

Posted on December 7, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — When Addison Northwest Supervisory Union school board members sit down this month and look at second or third preliminary drafts for 2010-2011 school budgets, ANwSU Superintendent Tom O’Brien said they should be prepared to make some tough decisions.

O’Brien said in an interview last week a number of factors could work against voter approval of even modest ANwSU budgets this winter, including declining enrollments in three of its four schools, a projected 2.2-cent increase in the statewide school tax, and the continuing economic slump.

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Declining enrollments put schools in a bind

Posted on December 7, 2009 |
By John Flowers



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WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge and Ripton education leaders are joining a growing statewide conversation about declining student enrollment and how to maintain vibrant local schools in the face of graying demographics.

Weybridge Elementary School currently serves around 70 students this year, a number thankfully bolstered by 10 new enrollees who joined the ranks this fall, noted school board Chairman Steve Reigle. But that number could decline to a total of around 30 students by the 2012-2013 academic year, officials said.

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Mt. Abe paves new paths to graduation

Posted on December 7, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL — Imagine a high school curriculum that takes a science lesson out of the lab and into nearby fields and forests, or an art class that requires students to take photos in their communities rather than in a classroom studio. Consider a physics unit that does away with textbooks in favor of rebuilding a car’s engine, or a music lesson that requires a student to build an instrument in addition to playing one.

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Mt. Abe board aims to level-fund school budget

Posted on December 3, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board of directors Tuesday continued taking tentative steps toward a draft spending plan that reflects a zero-percent increase in educational spending — a goal that board chair Lanny Smith said leaves the board “between a rock and a hard place.”

“We don’t have anything left to cut,” said Smith.

Last year, voters in the five towns that feed into Mount Abe approved a roughly $12.8 million spending plan, down just less than 1 percent from spending in 2007-2008.

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UD-3 board eyes 3.2 percent budget hike

Posted on December 3, 2009 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — UD-3 school board members will consider cost cuts and the use of a fund balance to reduce the property tax impact of a draft 2010-2011 budget that includes a 3.2 percent increase in spending. The increase in the $16,025,483 spending plan is overwhelmingly driven by anticipated surges in special education expenses.

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Salisbury school votes 'no' on Leicester merger

Posted on November 26, 2009 |
By Andrea Suozzo



SALISBURY/LEICESTER — The Salisbury Community School board has voted to end discussions of consolidation between Leicester and Salisbury’s elementary schools.

The Nov. 12 decision brought a definitive end to Leicester’s latest bid to solve ongoing concerns about the future of its K-6 elementary school. Faced with an aging building and rising maintenance costs, as well as a relatively small student population, Leicester has been pursuing consolidation options for several years.

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Mt. Abe kids collect hometown stories

Posted on November 26, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL — Trekking up and down Main Street, a handful of Mount Abraham Union High School students set out on their own version of “Mythbusters,” eager to investigate claims of the supernatural on South Mountain, the ridge that rises south of the heart of Bristol village.

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