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Healthy menu nets national kudos for Ferrisburgh school

Posted on September 22, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — One day earlier this month, the pungent smell of basil filled the Ferrisburgh Central School’s front hallway.

On other days, students carried into the building baskets of onions, potatoes, or any of a number of other vegetables from the school’s garden, almost all of which are offered to and then eaten by the same kids who have helped plant and pick them.

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Ferrisburgh school spending plan, $20k article approved

Posted on May 15, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents on Tuesday supported a $3.5 million Ferrisburgh Central School budget proposal, 246-217, or about 53-47 percent, in the town’s second vote of the spring on an elementary school spending plan.

Voters in 22.5 percent turnout also backed, 270-194, a separate $20,000 article that will pay for a keyless electronic entry system for FCS like those now used at other local schools. FCS officials said that system will improve security at the school’s main entrance.

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Ferrisburgh to decide school budget after cuts

Posted on May 8, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents on Tuesday, May 13, will decide the fate of a $3.5 million Ferrisburgh Central School budget proposal that is about $120,000 lower than the FCS board’s initial plan that lost on March 4, 450-279, or about 62-38 percent.

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Ferrisburgh school board seeks 11% hike

Posted on January 16, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Central School board last week adopted a budget proposal for the 2014-2015 school year that calls for a spending increase of almost 11 percent to $3.62 million and adds a new teacher — one not recommended by administrators — to help handle a large blended 5th- and 6th-grade class.  

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Ferrisburgh talks about land deal, voting sites

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — A rare joint meeting on Tuesday of the Ferrisburgh selectboard and Ferrisburgh Central School board produced agreements to continue exploring a possible purchase of land that abuts both town and school property, and to evaluate whether balloting should be held in the town office building rather than at the school.

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Fifth-graders try to light the way

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — Kathy Douglas’ fifth-grade students at Ferrisburgh Central School are hoping the Vermont Legislature will see the light.

More specifically, the members of her class would like lawmakers to approve traffic lights at the intersection of Route 7 and Little Chicago Road, just a few hundred yards away from their school.

Local representatives Diane Lanpher (D-Vergennes) and Greg Clark (R-Vergennes) recently accepted the students’ invitation to meet with them.

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Kindergarten class presents local legend

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — A part of the nation’s history — or at least a fanciful version of a local legend — will come to life at Ferrisburgh Central School on Friday morning.

At 10:30 a.m., the 17 members of kindergarten teacher Josh Brooks’ class will present their version of how American Commodore Thomas MacDonough outfoxed the British at the mouth of Otter Creek.

In the pupils’ short play, MacDonough receives help from, among others, a fictional farm boy, George Washington, and Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys.

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Pupils shine a light on energy use

Posted on January 30, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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FERRISBURGH — Students at Ferrsiburgh Central School are striving to reduce their town’s carbon footprint, and they just took two giant steps toward their goal.

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Ferrisburgh school budget set

Posted on January 26, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen on Tuesday approved a roughly $1.619 million town budget for fiscal year 2013, but on Town Meeting Day Ferrisburgh voters will have the option of adding up to $79,000 to that bottom line.

The selectboard’s spending proposal does not include about $29,000 of charitable donations that Ferrisburgh residents typically back in March, plus two articles that would create capital funds: $30,000 for the town’s fire department and $30,000 for the public works department.

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