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VUHS track athletes win 5 contests in Essex

Posted on April 14, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ESSEX — Vergennes Union High School track and field athletes won five events on Thursday at a three-way meet against Division I foes Essex and Burlington hosted by Essex.

Junior Chris Castillo won both the long and triple jumps, and the Commodores also excelled in the throwing events. Senior Kris Brooks won the boys’ javelin, with senior Jordan Stearns second, while Stearns won the shot put, with Brooks second.

Junior Ally Stearns won the girls’ shot put to give VUHS its fifth victory.

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VUHS board OKs reductions in staff

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday moved to adopt a new spending plan, which would bring spending below the current level and cut the equivalent of five full-time staff positions. It was a move board members said was necessary to rein in costs after voters rejected their first proposal by more than 200 votes on March 4.

Board member Neil Kamman said this budget is the most difficult he has ever worked on, but he supported cutting staff.

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High school rowers vie in Massachusetts

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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HULL, Mass. — On Saturday, March 1, nine Vermont youth and adult rowing teams traveled to Hull, Mass., as part of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Champlain Longboats program to participate in the Snow Row, a three-and-a-half-mile rowing race in outer Boston Harbor, sponsored by the Hull Lifesaving Museum. Eighty-six boats from around New England participated, including nine built by high school students at LCMM.

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VUHS graduate promoted to brigadier general

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — A 1981 graduate of Vergennes Union High School has become a one-star general in the U.S. Army.

Jeffrey A. Farnsworth was promoted to brigadier general March 13 in a ceremony at the Pentagon. His parents are Carol and Allen Farnsworth of Waltham.

Farnsworth is the deputy commanding general for operations at U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT).

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VUHS calls off varsity baseball campaign

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Two years after the Vergennes Union High School baseball team won the program’s second Division II title in five years, the school will not field a varsity program this spring.

VUHS activities director Peter Maneen on Wednesday confirmed what school officials had feared since last spring: There are simply not enough experienced athletes in the program to field a varsity team this season.

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VUHS facing tough budget questions with revote due

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



VERGENNES — Members of the Vergennes Union High School board discussed for two and a half hours Monday evening how to draft a budget that would be palatable to voters, but they did not reach consensus on how, or if, to cut spending. The board also could not find common ground on how to retire the deficit from last year, and a looming deficit at the end of this year.

“I think this problem is way bigger than what we can do in this room tonight,” board member Laurie Childers said. “We have a very serious problem.”

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VUHS, Mount Abe to make presentation on their education innovations

Posted on March 20, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



NORWOOD, Mass. — Teachers and students from Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high schools on Thursday and Friday will be presenting at a major conference in Norwood, Mass., about the efforts to transform and improve education at their schools.

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Otter Valley's John Winslow tops the Independent's boys' basketball all-star team

Posted on March 17, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — Unlike 2013, the high school boys’ basketball season did not end this winter with a local team cutting down nets.

Still, three of the four area squads fared well enough to earn home playoff games, and all were led by athletes who submitted outstanding efforts that are recognized here in the 2014 Addison Independent Boys’ Basketball All-Star Team.

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Vergennes Union High School board seeks to draft new budget

Posted on March 13, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday began the process of drafting a new budget for the school after voters in the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns rejected the original spending plan on Town Meeting Day.

Comments by VUHS board members and ANwSU officials there and afterward showed some differences on how much and even whether to cut the budget, including the need for staff reductions.

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Addison Northwest residents reject VUHS budget

Posted on March 6, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters said no on Tuesday to a $9.73 million dollar Vergennes Union High School budget proposal, 961-747.

If the budget had passed, it would have increased spending by about 2.4 percent.

But the VUHS budget’s tax impact was projected to be more dramatic, thanks to the school’s declining enrollment and a projected budget deficit of almost $548,000 that ANwSU officials said was due to unexpected special education costs.

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