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School officials hit the road to build support for $35 million Mount Abe bond

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — With the vote on the proposed $35 million Mount Abraham Union High School renovation bond just three weeks away, school officials, board members and community supporters are out in force, reaching out to the five-town community.

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Study committee recommends $35M renovation for Mt. Abe

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — Monday night the Mount Abe Renovation Committee voted to recommend bringing a $35 million renovation bond to voters this coming November. The committee’s recommendation now goes before Addison Northeast Superintendent Patrick Reen and the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union board for official consideration.

If voters agree to fund the bond payments, construction to overhaul the nearly 50-year-old Bristol school building would begin the summer of 2019.

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Mount Abe renovation committee wants to match school's needs to community's pocketbook

Posted on May 22, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School Renovation Committee is wrestling with how to get the most bang for the buck when refurbishing the nearly 50-year-old high school building in Bristol.

At its May 15 meeting, the committee also strove to establish priorities within a price tag the community would support.

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New Mount Abe repair plan to go before voters next year

Posted on April 24, 2017 |
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BRISTOL — The new Renovation Committee has begun work toward formulating a plan to renovate Mount Abraham Union High School.

The committee is charged with determining the needs of the aging facility and with shaping “a potential bond measure to go before voters in the 2017-2018 school year.” It’s been given until August to make a recommendation to ANeSU Superintendent Patrick Reen.

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Mount Abe fix-it list: 'more than a facelift'

Posted on February 9, 2017 |
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BRISTOL — “It’s a well-built school. It’s a steel-frame building. It’s got a brick façade to it. It holds its heat very well,” Alden Harwood said of the Mount Abraham Union High School, which opened to students in 1969.

“But it’s an old building. It’s a 1960s-vintage building that needs more than a facelift,” he cautioned. “We’re starting to see many things that are at the end of their useful life.”

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Mount Abe plans for repairs to building: $1 million slated for facility upkeep

Posted on January 23, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Next month Bristol-area residents will vote on a proposed Mount Abraham Union High School budget that lowers overall spending but adds $1 million earmarked for repairs to the 48-year-old building.

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New committee charged with determining cost of Mount Abe repairs

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — The five towns of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union will again be asked to take a hard look at renovating the 48-year-old Mount Abraham Union High School facility, including possibly with funds from a bond.

“It’s really about planning and fiscal responsibility,” ANeSU Superintendent Patrick Reen said at a Mount Abe school board meeting Tuesday.

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Budgeting gives insight into new principal

Posted on December 19, 2016 |
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BRISTOL — This is the first year that Jessica Barewicz has built a budget for Mount Abraham Union High School (see related story). She started as principal last summer.

Barewicz’s approach to crafting the FY2018 budget gives the community a window into the new principal’s approach to school leadership.

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School repairs take focus in Mount Abe budget proposals

Posted on December 19, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Five-town residents got a first look at two very different kinds of fiscal year budget scenarios for Mount Abraham Union High School, at a recent forum.

One budget included roughly $250,000 for ongoing repairs on the 47-year-old Bristol facility. The other sketched out what payments could look like on a 20-year, $20-million bond, which is considered the minimum needed to adequately renovate the building.

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Water leak destroys floor of Mount Abe gym; repair work begins

Posted on October 17, 2016 |
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BRISTOL — At an emergency meeting last Wednesday, the Mount Abraham Union High School board authorized Superintendent Patrick Reen to contract with vendors to repair a water leak and replace the MAUHS gym floor.

“We have water that is leaking under the gym floor at Mount Abe and it has ruined the floor,” Reen told the Independent.

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