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OVUU board advises against merger of Neshobe, Lothrop schools

Posted on December 14, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Otter Valley Unified Union School Board’s Finance Committee has recommended that the district abandon the idea of merging the Neshobe and Lothrop elementary schools.

Rutland Northeast Superintendent Jeanne Collins said in an interview Monday that the committee made its recommendation at a regular meeting on Dec. 6.

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Otter Valley school district ready for major cuts

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Faced with a state Education Fund shortfall of $47 million, officials in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union are preparing to make drastic cuts within the local Otter Valley Unified Union School District this coming budget season.

RNeSU Superintendent Jeanne Collins said in an interview late last month that the RNeSU Board wants to prepare taxpayers for a potential $1.6 million cut across the OVUU budget.

“The RNeSU Board wanted to let the taxpayers know what the budget landscape was early on,” Collins said.

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RNESU welcomes new teachers and other employees

Posted on August 31, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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Every year when our students return to the 23 area schools there are some new faces among the teachers and administrators. Here the Independent introduces our readers to the new faces in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, including Leicester Central School, Neshobe Elementary in Brandon, Sudbury Country School, Whiting Elementary, Lothrop Elementary in Pittsford, Barstow Memorial in Chittenden, Otter Valley Union High School and the central office (RNESU). Pictured, left to right, are:

 

Front row:

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Teacher contract talks break down in Addison Northwest and Rutland Northeast

Posted on April 13, 2017 |
By John S. McCright and Lee J. Kahrs



VERGENNES / BRANDON — School boards and teachers unions in two more local districts have declared impasse in their negotiations over teacher contracts.

Negotiators in the Addison Northwest district in the Vergennes area and in the Rutland Northeast district in the Brandon area are both seeking the aid of third-party mediators to help them get over the hump in discussions to replace contracts that end July 1.

RNeSU declared an impasse last week, Addison Northwest School District this Monday.

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RNeSU sticking to budget plans

Posted on February 6, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union has no intention of retooling its school budgets or waiting until a May date to have voters weigh in, despite what Gov. Phil Scott outlined in his budget address late last month.

The Brandon Reporter met with RNeSU Superintendent Jeanne Collins and Business Manager Brenda Fleming last week to discuss Scott’s directive, which came in a sweeping budget address just five days earlier.

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New Otter Valley district gets new board

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Voters in all eight Rutland Northeast towns on Tuesday not only approved the proposed school governance unification plans, they also voted for candidates to create one, 13-member Otter Valley Unified Union School Board and a four-member Barstow District Board to oversee the new school districts.

While the number of board representatives a town receives is based on population, there are also four “at-large” board seats weighted equally to the town seats.

Residents in every town voted on each of the board seats.

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Brandon-area voters give strong support to unification

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Voters in eight Brandon-area towns on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a proposal to merge six school districts into two under the state’s Act 46 school consolidation law. It was the second consolidation in Vermont since the law was approved last spring.

The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, along with the Barstow School District, proposed a new side-by-side school district, which the state Board of Education approved earlier this month.

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Brandon area to vote on school unification

Posted on January 18, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — This week, regular Vermont citizens will get a chance to vote on Act 46. The law, enacted last spring, offers financial incentives for towns to merge in multi-school districts governed by a single board and funded by a single budget.

Voters in the eight Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union towns will go to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots on the proposed Act 46 unification plan for their district.

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Otter Valley's unified district earns state approval

Posted on December 23, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The proposed Otter Valley Unified Union School District won approval from the Vermont State Board of Education last week and the stage is set for the Jan. 19 multi-town vote.

The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union took its side-by-side school consolidation proposal to the state board for approval at a Dec. 15 meeting at Mill River Union High School.

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Candidates line up for merged RNeSu board

Posted on December 21, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Officials in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union were already looking beyond approval by the state Agency of Education of the Brandon-area district’s proposal for unified school governance.

Nevertheless, the AOE approval of the consolidation plan at a hearing last Tuesday was welcome news.

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