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VUHS graduates close-knit Class of 2015

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — When the 87 members of the Vergennes Union High School Class of 2015 marched from opposite sides of the VUHS gym on June 12 and met in the middle before turning toward the stage, all, for the first time in the school’s 65-year history, wore blue.

In a vote organized by the VUHS administration, the class earlier this spring voted overwhelmingly to overturn the school’s tradition of white graduation robes for girls and blue robes for boys.

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Vergennes considers slight rise in property tax rate

Posted on June 15, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their June 9 meeting reached consensus on a 75-cent municipal tax rate, a decision that, if made final by their June 30 deadline to set the city’s 2015-2016 budget and tax rate, would mean a 2.5-cent property tax increase.

Mayor Bill Benton said discussion focused more on what would be fair to ask of residents than on specifics of the draft budget presented by City Manager Mel Hawley.

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City council endorses new childcare facility

Posted on June 15, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their June 9 meeting signed a resolution in support of a Mary Johnson Children’s Center proposal for a childcare facility to serve 30 preschoolers, one that would be built on a 1.5-acre Armory Lane lot near the city’s three-year-old senior center.

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VUHS students apply studies to volunteering

Posted on June 15, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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SHELBURNE — Shovels and tree saplings at the ready, an energetic group of volunteers, including 35 biology students from Vergennes Union High School, fan out along an eroding riverbank. Planting locations are scouted, holes are dug, young trees are gingerly placed, and moist earth is tamped down. 

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ANwSU voters support VUHS budget by 169-vote margin

Posted on June 11, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union residents on Tuesday backed the third Vergennes Union High School budget proposal put before them this spring — a $10,258,933 plan — by a margin of 814-645, or about 56-44 percent.

The VUHS board had cut a total $211,000 from the budget that was soundly defeated on Town Meeting Day, and it was $55,000 lower than the plan that lost by 46 votes on May 5. That May 5 vote was complicated by a second, more costly proposal on the same ballot, an addition board members later admitted was a mistake.

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ANwSU voters approve of VUHS budget

Posted on June 10, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — The third vote this year on a Vergennes Union High School spending plan finally won voter approval.

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VUHS spending proposal $211,000 less than in March; vote is Tuesday

Posted on June 4, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The third vote this year on a Vergennes Union High School spending plan will be held on Tuesday in each of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns.

The VUHS board has proposed a $10,258,933 budget for the 2015-2016 school year that is $211,000 lower than the plan defeated on Town Meeting Day and $55,000 less than the proposal that more narrowly lost on May 5.

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Raphael, a fixture in kindergarden classes, to leave VUES

Posted on June 3, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — It took a journey to two continents for longtime Vergennes Union Elementary School reading specialist and kindergarten teacher Diana Raphael to discover her passion was education.

Raphael, then 21 and just out of Pine Manor College near Boston, traveled to Europe in 1971 for half a year, and from there to Morocco for three months. There she found herself in a village for an extended stay.

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City manager warns: Vergennes budget may be a challenge

Posted on June 1, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on May 26 got their first look at a preliminary 2015-2016 general fund budget, and City Manager Mel Hawley said he told council members the adoption process might challenge them this year.

“There’s work to be done,” Hawley said in a phone interview later in the week.

Hawley presented a first budget draft that called for $2,213,085 in spending, an amount that if aldermen adopted it by their June 30 deadline would mean a spending increase of about $125,000, or 6 percent.

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VUHS board makes cuts to budget, tax rates for revote

Posted on May 28, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board has made final its third budget proposal for the 2015-2016 school year — a $10,258,933 spending plan — to place before Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters on June 9.

The board at a meeting Saturday morning agreed with ANwSU and VUHS administrators to cut $55,000 from the plan defeated by 722-676, or 46 votes, on May 5.

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