With so much attention in the pages of the Addison Independent paid to the challenges that the school systems of Addison County are facing in light of declining enrollment, building needs and other factors, it seemed an opportune time to provide an update on the status of work in the Addison Central School District.
The ACSD Board is in the midst of creating a Facilities Master Plan. This plan is to provide guidance to the ACSD Board of today and in the future to address how best to use our buildings and other facilities in a way that continues to build a strong educational program that is a...
This letter was written to the ACSD Board and Superintendent Burrows and shared with the Addison Independent.
It’s the end of September, and, for me, that means my four-year-old has just completed her first month of school in the Ripton Pre-K classroom. The transition for our family had its ups and downs, and I imagine that is not unique to us. The morning scramble to pack-up, make lunch, and eat breakfast is a little rusty and we are lucky to make it to school before the bell rings to let kids in from morning recess. The pulling of the rope in the bell tower (a special job for an excited kid...
ADDISON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT has welcomed more than 20 new faculty for the 2019-2020 academic year. They include classroom teachers, special educators, a speech language pathologist, a school psychologist, a 504 program coordinator and three student teachers from Middlebury College.
Pictured here are — back row, left to right: Lisa Sihler, Luna Asaro-Niederlitz, Ellen Gawarkiewicz, Sarah Fornaby, Dan Raabe, Richard Sherman, Benjamin Weir, Cody Bohl, Jack Parker, Liza Allen and Liam Battjes. Middle row, left to right: Tammie Johnson, Connie Mosquera, Anna Cavazos, Kerry Burns-Collins and Annabelle Maroney. Front row, left to right: Emily Glover, Kelsey Murtha, Rebekah White, Courtney Aucoin, Nicole Chalke and Cece Alter.
Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District begins the academic year with more than 20 new educators, four new administrators and roughly the same number of students served last year — 1,750.
But numbers don’t tell the whole story of what will be one of the most transformative years in the district’s history. ACSD next spring will complete its transition to the International Baccalaureate Program, making it the only K-12 public school system in the state — and one of only around 10 in the nation — to enjoy full “IB World District” status.
International Baccalaureate World Districts share...
On the issue of school consolidation, here’s how the Addison Central School District may have unintentionally created a problem that has become detrimental to the district’s smaller towns and to the greater district: Simply put, in crafting the district’s charter, they created a structure that favored a district bias over the bias of individual towns.
The board’s intent, understandably, was to create a stronger district across all schools — to create better pay equity from school to school among teachers and administrators, and better student outcomes by providing equitable opportunities to...
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District has released the bus routes for the 2019-2020 school year. Please note: 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.
7:10 Rte. 30
7:19 Delong Rd.
7:20 Douglas Rd./ Delong Rd.
7:22 Carothers Ln./Delong...
MUMS Principal Kris Francoeur
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union Middle School is poised to absorb sixth-graders from the Addison Central School District-member towns, starting in the 2021-2022 academic year.
The ACSD board on Monday took a major step in that direction when it voted unanimously to include a sixth-grade-to-MUMS transition as part of a new facilities master plan. That master plan, to be completed before the end of this fall, will serve as a “long-term blueprint and plan for meeting the changing facility needs of the district to support ACSD’s vision and mission,” according to Superintendent Peter Burrows....
MIDDLEBURY — In addition to voting to expand Middlebury Union Middle School to include sixth grade, Addison Central School District board members at Monday’s meeting also:
• Voted unanimously to include, as part of the facilities master plan, a study of the current capacity and use of ACSD buildings. This will help flag which facilities are, and aren’t, being used to their full potential.
• Agreed to create a “frequently asked questions” column on the district’s acsdvt.org website that will explain the current master planning process and proposed middle school expansion. District residents...
RIPTON — While area classrooms have gone silent for the summer, Addison Central School District officials continue to work on a facilities master plan that will guide future decisions on building repairs and possible school closures within the ACSD.
A group of Ripton residents want to make sure their elementary school doesn’t appear on a future closures list if the ACSD board chooses to take the consolidation route.
The ASCD board on Monday, July 15, is slated to decide whether to include in its facilities master plan an architectural study of the capacity of the district’s elementary and...
Having just read Cheryl Mitchell’s excellent summary of the need for child care in our area (July 4, 2019), I am moved to forward you a letter I wrote recently to the ACSU Board of Education regarding the current need to reconfigure our educational system in our district. I feel the solution requires thinking, lots of thinking, lots of energy and careful planning … but we have a history of that in this area and as they say … Yes, we can!
To the ACSD Board of Education
As regards your current effort to move forward with education and schools in the district, I offer the following thoughts:...