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Mount Abe board looks to draft new bond proposal

Posted on November 20, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board, at their meeting Tuesday evening, performed an autopsy on the lopsided defeat of a $32.6 million bond proposal to renovate the aging Bristol school.

The board came to a consensus on the primary reason the bond failed: taxpayers were unwilling to foot the bill.

Residents of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union’s five sending towns on Nov. 4 voted down the proposal, 3,328 to 1,239.

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Opinion: Mount Abe project planners must focus on priorities

Posted on November 10, 2014 |
By Mary Dearborn



Tuesday night, two-thirds of the voters defeated the proposed school bond. That is two-thirds of the community who are saying no; that they cannot afford a $33 million price tag to improve our school.

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$33M bond for Mt. Abe defeated by wide margin

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — Not even close. That was the story of the proposed $33 million bond to finance an ambitious renovation of Mount Abraham Union High School, which voters on Tuesday rebuked by a margin of nearly 3 to 1.

When the dust settled, 3,328 Addison Northeast Supervisory Union residents voted against the bond. Just 1,239 cast their ballots in favor of the proposal.

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Editorial: Yep, $33 million bond was too much

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The $32 million bond proposal to completely renovate Mount Abe Union High School failed dramatically. By a 3-1 margin, voters in the five-town district said “no way.”

But because the vote was so lopsided, it doesn’t serve as a barometer of how much district voters are willing to spend. That’s especially problematic if the school board is committed to presenting another bond proposal by Town Meeting 2015. To make that happen, a new proposal would have to be fleshed out and warned by the middle of January — just a bit over two months from now.

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Opinion: Mount Abe bond plan leaves many questions unanswered

Posted on October 31, 2014 |
By Jodi Lathrop



As the person who asked the question at the last forum held on Oct. 27. “Past behavior/history is a precursor for future behavior/history.” I asked after the board itself acknowledged that a bond in this district has never passed on the first try.

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Five-town residents to decide fate of $33M Mt. Abraham bond

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — Voters in the five towns that comprise the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union will decide Tuesday whether to approve a $32.6 million bond to finance an ambitious renovation of Mount Abraham Union High School.

The project would make major structural and aesthetic improvements to the building, which has not undergone a substantial renovation since it was constructed in the late 1960s.

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Mount Abe bond proposal stirs strong emotions

Posted on October 27, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — With a vote on a bond to fund a renovation of Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School looming, a large number of residents of the five-town area have taken pen in hand (metaphorically) to urge their neighbors to support or reject the proposal.

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Opinion: Enhance education at Mt. Abe by backing renovation bond

Posted on October 24, 2014 |
By Louis duPont



The tax dollars we shell out every year — federal, state and local — underwrite a wide array of services. We pay for parks and highways, Social Security for our elders and disability for those unable to work. We pay for the courts and prisons, for border patrol and for the most powerful military in the world.

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Opinion: Mount Abe building renovation plan ill-conceived

Posted on October 24, 2014 |
By John Clarke



While I remain a committed supporter of Mount Abraham Union High School, I am disappointed with the plan for renovation and upkeep. Rather than fitting building plans to the significant steps Mount Abe has made over 40 years toward improved learning, the plan seems to aim toward a restoration of structures designed for 1968, when the school was built.

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Editorial: The crazy thing about Mt. Abe's $32.6 million bond is that it's not all crazy

Posted on October 23, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Tour the Mount Abraham Union High School and Middle School facility and you come away with one distinct impression: it’s a building in need of significant repair.

Consider the proposed $32.6 million bond to finance those repairs and you also have a visceral reaction: that’s a lot of money and, by the way, has the school board completely lost touch with area taxpayers?

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