As the saga over the consolidation of small schools within newly formed school districts evolves, the latest advancement is a petition drive within the Addison Central School District (the greater Middlebury area) to change the charter that formed the consolidated district. The argument among the petitioners is that the charter was passed early in the Act 46 process and district residents were not fully aware of the consequences. They believe the public would vote differently if given the opportunity.
Specifically, the petition asks voters to approve changes to the charter, which say:
Dear Addison Central School District Community,
If you’re a registered voter in one of our towns, you might have been approached, sometime in the last few weeks, to sign two petitions. For those of you haven’t been approached yet, I wanted to express some things to help with the understanding of those amendment petitions. First, here they are as written:
The undersigned registered voters of the school district hereby petition the Addison Central School District Board to warn the following article for a District election to be held in the seven District towns (Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury,...
Editor’s note: This letter is in response to a letter by Addison Central School District Board Chairman Peter Conlon that ran in the Oct. 10 edition.
Dear Peter Conlon,
With reference to your letter to the editor, and with all due respect, I believe that the ACSD board has put the cart (The Facilities Master Plan) before the horse (our children.)
We have been informed that as part of The Facilities Master Plan, an expert engineer and architect have been hired to conduct an “in-depth study of our school buildings ... designed to help guide the board at how reducing the number of elementary...
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...