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RIPTON — The Vermont State Board of Education (VSBE) has asked the town of Ripton and the Addison Central School District Board to re-engage in conversations to keep Ripton within the ACSD. And the board served notice that if those talks don’t bear fruit, the small town isn’t likely to be granted its wish to become an independent school district until July 1, 2023. Addison Central Superintendent Peter Burrows described that as the consensus position taken by the VSBE at its Wednesday meeting, a position taken as the Addison Independent went to press. The Independent will provide a more...
MIDDLEBURY — Small numbers of voters in six Addison County towns showed up at the polls on Tuesday to approve Middlebury’s $323,000 investment in a solar project in Bristol’s former landfill, and to endorse a financial separation agreement between the town of Ripton and the Addison Central School District. Middlebury residents voted 530-109 to buy into the 500-kilowatt Bristol Community Solar (BCS) project through a 25-year bond. The Acorn Energy Co-op is the local nonprofit spearheading the solar array, which will be built at the site of the former Bristol landfill off Pine Street....
MIDDLEBURY — The searing national debate over what kinds of flags should be permitted to fly on government flagpoles continues to play out in Middlebury, where the Addison Central School District board on Monday evening couldn’t agree on a policy direction after 80 minutes of impassioned discussion. The board finished deadlocked, 6-6, on a proposed policy that would have given school officials the power to vet individual flag proposals for the main flagpole that fronts Middlebury Union High School’s main entrance off Charles Avenue. A tie vote meant the motion failed; board member Lindsey...

VOTERS IN SIX Middlebury-area towns will be asked to endorse a financial agreement for Ripton’s separation from the Addison Central School District. Gov. Phil Scott weighed in on the subject of fractured school districts during a swing through Addison County on Saturday. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Residents in six Addison Central School District (ACSD) towns will vote on Tuesday, Aug. 31, on whether they endorse the financial terms of the town of Ripton’s exit from the district. The proposed deal would ensure Ripton can leave the district not owing, or being owed, any money. The financial separation agreement — which will be fielded by voters in Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Salisbury, Shoreham and Weybridge — essentially calls for Ripton to take over the approximately $150,000 in debt remaining on a solar energy project installed at its local school back in 2013....
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District Board on Aug. 23 will decide whether to entertain requests to fly flags on district property that impart private messaging — such as the Black Lives Matter banner. It’s a topic that touches upon free speech, equity and patriotism, and it’s eliciting emotionally charged debate throughout the country — including the ACSD community. The board’s upcoming discussion and decision will be watched with particular interest by members of the Student Coalition On Human Rights (SCOHR), which last year requested that a BLM flag be flown at Middlebury Union...
ADDISON COUNTY — ACSD has released bus routes for the 2021-2022 school year. All times are approximate. Times for bus routes can vary by several minutes depending on traffic, construction, weather, and ridership. Students should be at their bus stop at least five minutes earlier than the published time. For safety reasons, drivers will not wait for students to come to the stop. If you have questions about a route, please contact your school. Bus routes are as follows: CORNWALL SOUTH BUS — Becky A.M. 7:01 Rt. 30 7:11 Douglas Rd. 7:13 Douglas & Delong Rd. 7:15 Carothers Lane & Delong...
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District community will be expected to wear masks indoors for at least the first 10 days of classes this fall, in order to give officials a chance to calculate the percentage of eligible students who have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Addison Central officials are busy drafting a complete list of COVID-19 protocols that will be sent to school families next week. Superintendent Peter Burrows, ACSD lead nurse Kelly Landwehr, and the district’s recovery team are at the forefront of the planning. They’ll be taking into consideration (among...
MIDDLEBURY — Ripton’s quest for independence from the Addison Central School District (ACSD) hinges on an Aug. 31 Australian ballot vote in six communities, where residents will be asked to support a financial separation agreement that essentially calls for Ripton to take over the approximately $150,000 in debt remaining on a solar energy project installed at its local school back in 2013. The ACSD board on Monday unanimously approved terms for Ripton’s financial exit agreement, which will be decided by voters in the communities of Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Salisbury, Shoreham and...

LOGAN PRICE OF Cornwall began his new role as business manager for the Addison Central School District on Monday.
MIDDLEBURY — Logan Price, who until recently worked as a CPA with the Middlebury company Telling & Hillman PC, began his new career as business manager for the Addison Central School District on Monday, July 12. Price, 38, was among a small group of applicants hoping to succeed former ACSD Business Manager Brittany Gilman, who left earlier this year in order to provide more support for her family during the COVID-19 pandemic. Price becomes the ACSD’s third business manager in three years, and is taking the financial reins of a district that next year is set to shrink from seven towns to...
RIPTON — The Vermont State Board of Education (SBE) on Wednesday approved, by an 8-0 vote, Ripton’s request to withdraw from the Addison Central School District. The panel, by an identical vote, also agreed to the Addison Central School District’s request that it remain a school district and not revert to a supervisory union in wake of Ripton’s departure. The SBE’s decision means Ripton can move forward with re-forming a local school board to take on much of the heavy lifting that will be required for the community to become an independent district, serving its younger kids at Ripton...

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