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ANwSU unification articles nearly done; tax savings, benefits seen

Posted on December 30, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee was set to meet on Dec. 30 to finish its final unification report, including proposed Articles of Agreement, thus setting the stage for a March 1 vote on whether to transform ANwSU into a Unified District under the governance of one board.

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Police cite former superintendent of Vergennes-area schools

Posted on December 18, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Vergennes police on Friday cited former Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent Thomas F. O’Brien for embezzling, a charge they said stems from “directing unauthorized payment of over $4,000 for unused vacation time to himself upon his retirement date.”

O’Brien is scheduled to be arraigned in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, on Feb. 22.

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ANwSU hopes to hear from citizens as Act 46 target nears

Posted on December 10, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The last of three Addison Northwest Supervisory Union community forums on the district’s effort to create a one-board system under Act 46 will be held on Monday at Ferrisburgh Central School from 6 to 8 p.m.

Act 46, made law this past spring, offers financial benefits to school districts — and their taxpayers — that unify their governance systems before this coming July, changes that require a Town Meeting Day vote.

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ANwSU invites public to school consolidation forums next week

Posted on November 25, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials have scheduled community forums in Addison and Ferrisburgh to explain to and get feedback from residents about the district’s effort to unify under Vermont’s new education law, Act 46.

Act 46, made law this past spring, offers financial benefits to school districts — and their taxpayers — that unify their governance under one common school board before this coming July.

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Public invited to discuss ANwSU unification

Posted on October 25, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee is inviting residents of the five union towns to an Oct. 28 forum to learn more and ask questions about potential ANwSU unification under Vermont’s new education law, Act 46.

Act 46 created more incentives than were available when ANwSU previously considered unification, and also for the first time created penalties for those that do not do so in a timely manner.

The forum on this coming Wednesday will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Vergennes Union High School library.

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Special education offering faces big changes at same time that it receives big kudos

Posted on September 3, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — You’ll have to excuse educators with the county’s Diversified Occupations (D.O.) program if they are a little perplexed these days.

On the one hand, the Vermont Public Broadcasting Service has just hailed D.O. as one of four exemplary “champions” of education in Vermont for 2015, an honor that will include an award and a televised tribute during the month of September.

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Opinion: ANwSU tax story error explained

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By JoAn Canning



I am writing to address and accept responsibility for the discrepancy reported in the July 20, 2015, Addison Independent between estimated tax rates Addison Northwest Supervisory Union reported to the public and the actual tax rates issued by the state.

All the Patricia Hannaford Career Center expenditures were required to be included in the tax rate calculation and were not. This caused the estimated tax rates we provided to the public to be understated. It was an error and I accept full responsibility for it.

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Larger ANwSU towns set tax rates; schools driving rate hikes

Posted on July 23, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Department of Education’s release late last week of final homestead education tax rates allowed Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns to begin setting their overall tax rates, which in Addison, Ferrisburgh and Vergennes have increased by a range of 3.2 percent in Addison to 6.2 percent in Ferrisburgh.

Underlying those increases are residential school tax hikes that were in a range between 6.4 percent in Ferrisburgh and 7.1 percent in Vergennes.

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VUHS board presents multiple-choice ballot for new budget vote

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union residents on Tuesday will vote on two Vergennes Union High School budget proposals in what will be the second decision this spring on spending plans for the 2015-2016 school year.

The first article on the May 5 ballot will ask residents to back a plan that cuts about $156,000 from the $10.47 million proposal that lost on Town Meeting Day, 831-718.

The second article asks voters to approve the board’s original $10.47 million spending plan.

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Districts offer publicly funded preschool

Posted on April 20, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



Addison Northeast, Addison Central and Addison Northwest supervisory unions — which cover 17 towns in the Bristol, Middlebury and Vergennes areas — all will support some sort of publicly funded preschool programs in 2015-2016.

What is publicly funded preschool?

Publicly funded preschool is defined as 10 hours per week (35 weeks per year, September-June) of developmentally appropriate early learning experiences based on Vermont’s Early Learning Standards.

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