MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District announced on Friday that it would move from its hybrid model to full in-person learning, five days a week, for students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade next month. Pre-K through second grade will make this shift on October 12; third through sixth grades will begin the new schedule on Oct. 19. The decision was prompted by Governor Scott's announcement earlier in the week to move the state to Step 3 of the Healthy Start Guidelines that direct how schools operate within the constraints of the pandemic. "We also continue to look at data and...
I have five children in the Addison Central School District, my oldest at Mary Hogan, and the other four at Cornwall School. Our Superintendent, Peter Burrows, has caused a stir with our children’s schedule, so I would like to place a letter on the current issues, and his failure to recognize parents’ concerns. Peter Burrows has decided our children can go to school two days a week, based on the last name alphabet (Monday and Tuesday last name A-L, Thursday Friday last name M through Z), rather than the full week to practice “safe social distancing and lower exposure.”  Here is where our...
On July 26 I sent a note to each ACSD board member asking each to find a way to receive input from constituents more successfully than the present and to respond to me. It’s a lengthy note, but the gist is important and in essence it is similar to the publisher of this paper’s editorial of a year ago, Aug. 30, 2019, which says, “the district benefits greatly from having seven vibrant, small towns with thriving schools. The ACSD needs to make sure it weaves that consideration into its discussion — and provide ample room and attention for individual towns to express their desires.” None of...
$17 million. That’s a big number. A number of this magnitude deserves extensive review and analysis. Certainly it warrants second opinions and further investigation. I believe that’s what the ACSD board was on their way to doing when the TruexCullins Elementary School report came in, along with looking at the other legs of the stool and making decisions on the future of education in our community.  You know what happened next. We’re in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and there is mounting pressure to make cuts and push through closures in anticipation of the education funding shortfall in...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury-area parents have been looking ahead to the start of school on Sept. 8 with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation. Returning to campus will represent a return to “normal” for many families, even if it’s only for two days each week, with the other three days involving online studies. But there’s also been some anxiety about how children will be protected from COVID-19, and what will happen if a wave of the pandemic surges through the student body. The Addison Central School District (ACSD) late last week released a document that gives parents some answers. The 66-...
MIDDLEBURY — Downsizing from seven to three elementary schools could save Addison Central School District taxpayers an estimated $3.3 million in year one, and $41.5 million over 10 years. Downsizing to four elementary schools would reduce costs by around $33 million over a decade. That’s according to ACSD administrators and a consultant that assessed the Middlebury-area’s education infrastructure. Those estimates were among several new pieces of information reviewed by the ACSD Facilities Committee as it coordinates a master plan for the district’s myriad school buildings. The ACSD includes...
RIPTON — A Ripton man is spearheading an online citizens petition aimed at convincing the Addison Central School District board to suspend its work on a facilities master plan — which will likely include recommendations on elementary school closures — until the COVID-19 pandemic is over. The petition had garnered more than 559 signatures as the Independent went to press on Wednesday. “In the current situation, the education of our students necessitates all the energy and resources the district has available,” reads the petition, which is attributed to the “ACSD VT Citizen’s Alliance.” “This...
MIDDLEBURY — The ACSD released its plans for the fall reopening yesterday: See them here.
Editor’s note: On June 24, the Shoreham selectboard sent a letter to the directors of the Addison Central School District, that followed up on an Aug. 29, 2019, letter to the school board committee that would ultimately make recommendations that could result in closing Shoreham Elementary School. Here are the two letters: 24 June 2020 This is an open letter to the School Directors of the Addison Central School District. At the end of August 2019, the selectboard of the town of Shoreham sent the enclosed letter to the Addison Central School District Facilities Master Plan Steering Committee....
I write to express several concerns with the school consolidation decision brought by the ACSD School Board. We have a new home in Cornwall and I am hoping my almost-five-year-old will start kindergarten at the Cornwall school this September. His nearly-three-year-old sister was to follow. In fact, I specifically bought our house in Cornwall in order to take advantage of the Bingham Memorial School for my young children.  I have been loosely following the school consolidation issue for the past eight months, and now all of a sudden, amidst the COVID-19 curtain of social distancing, the school...


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