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German student gets taste of American life at Mount Abe

Posted on April 20, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — A German exchange student at Mount Abraham Union High School is eager to see more of the United States, and is competing in a contest that would send him to California.

Hendrik Schubinski, 16, is spending the school year with the Knight family in Bristol — parents Porter and David, and sons Bryson and Liam.

To do it, he’s taken a year off from his secondary school in Germany to participate in AFS, a global student exchange program based in the United States.

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Voters reject Mount Abe, Bristol school budgets again

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — Voters in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union rejected two of the three school budgets up for consideration Tuesday. It is the latest chapter in a tumultuous spring for the district, which has also seen a citizens petition calling for the removal of the superintendent and a near-unanimous vote of no confidence in his leadership by the teachers’ union.

Residents rejected spending plans for Mount Abraham Union High School by a tally of 755 to 485, and Bristol Elementary School, 224 to 166.

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Community supports young crash victim

Posted on April 13, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



MONKTON — The family of a Monkton teen severely injured in a car accident last week is grateful for the outpouring of community support they have received.

Julia Rickner, 18, was one of three University of Vermont students in a car that veered off of Interstate 89 in Colchester on April 4. The driver, 19-year-old Jacob Dahreddin of Bethesda, Md., was critically injured and the other passenger, 18-year-old Christina Menke of Essex, was killed.

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Divided board OKs Mount Abe spending plan; Tuesday vote set

Posted on April 9, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — A divided Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School board on Tuesday evening warned a new budget proposal to put before voters next week.

The vote in the five-town area will take place on Tuesday, April 14, the same day residents in Bristol and Monkton will weigh in on new spending plans for their elementary schools. Voters in all three school districts rejected fiscal year 2016 spending proposals on Town Meeting Day.

Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters on Town Meeting Day rejected the Mount Abe budget proposal by a tally of 1,241 to 1,088.

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Opinion: Mt. Abe Pathways offers valuable real-world learning

Posted on March 30, 2015 |
By Lisa Sanchez



Editor’s note: The writer presented this letter to the Mount Abraham Union High School Board and copied the Independent.

As a mother of a former Pathways student (and a forever) personalized learner I write this letter to clear up some apparent misconceptions of what our personalized learning experience was and what it was not.

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Mount Abe board adopts budget strategy

Posted on March 26, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board has laid out a timeline and strategy to draft a new budget proposal that could gain voter approval.

Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters on Town Meeting Day rejected, by a tally of 1,241 to 1,088, a proposed $14.06 million spending plan to operate the school next year. That sum was slightly lower than the figure voters approved for the current year.

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Voters urge transparency as Mt. Abe board makes plans

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — More than 50 Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters packed the Mount Abraham Union High School library Tuesday evening to voice concerns to the school board about how to create a new budget proposal.

On Town Meeting Day voters in the five town area rejected the initial $14.06 million spending plan, 1,241–1,088. The board is working to put a new budget before voters later this spring.

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County voters reject five school budgets

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By Zach Despart and Evan Johnson



ADDISON COUNTY — Voters in the northern half of Addison County rejected five school budgets in two supervisory unions on Tuesday evening, a sign that voters remain frustrated with the rising costs of education taxes.

Residents rejected spending plans for Vergennes Union High School and Ferrisburgh Central School in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union, and three schools in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union: Mount Abraham Union High School, Monkton Central School and Bristol Elementary School.

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Eagle scholars win competition

Posted on February 9, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — A team of eight quick-thinking Mount Abraham Union High School students have won the inaugural small-school state championship at the Vermont-NEA Scholars’ Bowl.

The group of scholars bested 23 other teams to win the inaugural event on Jan. 31 at Montpelier High School. The Vermont Scholars’ Bowl has been around since 1984, but this was the first year that the event divided schools into two categories, based on size.

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Mount Abe seeking level funding in FY 2016 budget

Posted on January 12, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — On Town Meeting Day, residents of the five-town area will vote on a proposed Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School budget that features spending that is virtually the same as what was approved for the current fiscal year.

The Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget, approved by the Mount Abe board last week, calls for $14.06 million in spending, which is a fraction of a percent less than the $14.09 million spending plan voters approved last year.

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