ACSD

In a letter in last week’s Addison Independent, I raised a question for the Addison Central School District superintendent, regarding the facilities planning process, which I had asked many times without receiving an answer. At the end of my letter, an editor’s note stated that I had finally received an answer, but it did not say what the answer was. I thought I should follow up by giving readers the same explanation I received. My question was why the superintendent had not publicly shared that his primary reason for supporting a new mix of schools, which added Cornwall and removed Bridport...
Question for Addison Central School District: At the last ACSD Board Meeting on Monday, March 22, the board held a discussion on transparency, spurred by a letter I had submitted the previous month, summarizing findings from certain records I had received through the public records request process regarding the Facilities Master Plan. After the board discussion, I sent the board and administration three follow-up questions, but the questions were not answered. I sent them again two more times that week, and three more times the following week, still without the questions ever being answered....

ACSD SUPERINTENDENT PETER Burrows
RIPTON — Ripton’s request to withdraw from the Addison Central School District could be heard by the Vermont State Board of Education as soon as next month, and the leader of that panel said Ripton’s independence is all but assured if it can demonstrate its students will have viable preK-12 education options at their disposal. John Carroll, chairman of the State Board of Education, provided a preview of the next steps Ripton will need to take in order to leave the ACSD as an avenue to maintaining its local school, while tuitioning its older students to the district it’s proposing to divorce....

MICHAEL DUDEK WILL soon take the reins of Middlebury Union Middle School next school year. He’s spent the better part of nine years as the principal of Blackstone Millville Regional High School in Blackstone, Mass.
MIDDLEBURY — Michael Dudek knew he and his spouse, Sarah, would move from their native Massachusetts to Vermont some day. It was either going to be sooner, as a career move, or later, as part of a retirement plan. Sooner won out over later, thanks to an ad for the Middlebury Union Middle School principal vacancy. Dudek — currently the principal of Blackstone Millville Regional High School in Blackstone, Mass. — was among 27 who applied for the MUMS post. Addison Central School District Superintendent Peter Burrows last week confirmed that Dudek, 41, had won the job. Dudek succeeds former MUMS...
Recently both ANWSD and MAUSD school boards voted to adopt a motion to create a Merger Study Committee inviting each other and any other interested school districts.  During this process, I have advocated many times to have ACSD included in this study committee. All our students and taxpayers deserve to have a wide range of options considered. All three districts are struggling to maintain programming and whether to keep grade schools open. All of Addison County studying how to best use our collective resources may keep more of our grade schools functioning in our small towns, and give our...
MIDDLEBURY — Hundreds of Addison Central School District educators will get access to COVID-19 vaccinations at a special clinic to be offered at Middlebury Union High School on Tuesday, March 16. The Vermont National Guard will coordinate the event, which will be the only vaccination site for the ACSD, according to district Superintendent Peter Burrows. “They will be administering the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine and we will have a follow-up clinic for the second dose three weeks later,” Burrows told the Independent. “At this time, eligible staff include all full-time staff, part-time...

AN ARTISTIC STATUE seen in the Cornwall village on Town Meeting Day holds one of the “Brave Little Town” signs seen around the Addison Central School District urging residents to allow Ripton to leave the district. The effort prevailed. Independent photo/Steve James
RIPTON — The town of Ripton’s quest to withdraw from the Addison Central School District will now advance to the State Board of Education. This comes after the Ripton’s bid to become its own independent school district earned an endorsement on Tuesday from each of the six other ACSD-member communities: Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Salisbury, Shoreham and Weybridge. These are the results from those towns: •  Bridport — 189 yes, 58 no. •  Cornwall — 425 yes, 67 no. •  Middlebury — 1,180 yes, 312 no. •  Salisbury — 174 yes, 45 no. •  Shoreham — 210 yes, 32 no. •  Weybridge — 217 yes, 40 no....

LINDSEY HESCOCK
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District voters went to the polls on Tuesday to elect three new board members and return an incumbent to office. In one of two contested ACSD board elections, incumbent board member (and former Chairman) Peter Conlon topped Chris Kramer, 1,425-1,090, for Cornwall’s lone (three-year) seat on the ACSD board, which oversees preK-12 education for children in Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham and Weybridge. In the other contest, ASCD residents elected Lindsey Hescock and Mary Heather Noble in a three-way race for two, three-year terms...
(These comments were shared at the Feb. 23 ACSD school board meeting. Since then many, many community members and teachers have reached out to express their agreement.) I have recently heard the Churchill quote, “never let a good crisis go to waste,” used in reference to the recent crises in Texas. It seems applicable here too. The current situation is not good; one town has already voted to leave the district, another held a vote, and two others have seriously considered holding such votes. Generally, there is not a lot of trust between you and your constituents. I hope you will be brave...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Department of Taxes has created an education property tax estimator tool for the 2021-2022 property tax year (FY22). The tool was created to help taxpayers understand the impact of their budget vote on Town Meeting Day and to help school board members and district officials understand the impact of proposed budgets on taxpayers based on their combination of property value and household income, officials announced in a press release on Monday. Figures produced by the tool are estimates only and final tax amounts will depend on the “Yield” amount enacted at the end of...

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