VERGENNES — Faced with rising costs that would result in a tax penalty imposed by the state if nothing is done, the Addison Northwest School District board on Monday discussed three budget options for next year. One would make no substantial changes in the configuration of the three elementary and one high school (“Do Nothing”), one would repurpose Addison Central School and send Addison kids to another building, and one would make cuts to the “Do Nothing” budget.
At the Dec. 9 meeting the board ended by asking if a fourth path might be possible — a hybrid of two existing proposals.
The long awaited democratic decision of the school closure vote is officially behind us, and the communities have spoken! Both Addison and Ferrisburgh voted in the majority for keeping their schools intact. With a 50 percent voter turnout in both towns, and a 75 percent opposed vote in Addison and an 85 percent opposed vote in Ferrisburgh, it’s safe to say that each town has the same vision for their schools. Yet, the fate of Addison Central School (ACS) still sits in the hands of the school board. One of the reasons provided by the ANWSD School Board (the Board) for proposed school closures...
ORGANIZERS OPPOSED TO closing Addison Central School put up this sign not far from the Addison Town Clerk’s Office on Tuesday. Voters overwhelmingly defeated elementary school closure proposals in Addison and Ferrisburgh.
Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON & FERRISBURGH — On Tuesday voters in Addison and Ferrisburgh, by large margins, rejected the Addison Northwest School District’s proposal to close Addison Central School (ACS) and Ferrisburgh Central School (FCS) on June 30, 2020.
In Addison the tally was 373 opposed and 123 in favor.
In Ferrisburgh: 884 opposed–160 in favor.
Voter turnout was 46 percent in Addison and 45 percent in Ferrisburgh.
“Our towns have spoken through (this) vote — both strongly opposed to closing Addison’s and Ferrisburgh’s schools,” wrote Addison resident Ashley Paquette in an email on behalf of Addison’...
ADDISON — In a letter mailed to town residents on Oct. 31, the Addison selectboard has outlined a number of questions and concerns about the Addison Northwest School District’s proposal to close Addison Central School next year.
“We believe the school district is rushing us into voting to close our school before the town and residents have had an opportunity to weigh all the facts and participate in the decision-making about this issue,” the letter says.
The ANWSD serves Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham, and oversees four schools — Addison Central School (ACS), Ferrisburgh...
I have been disappointed with the recent coverage of the issue of school closure in Addison and Ferrisburgh. It has emphasized the drama surrounding the issue, and has not provided the complete picture for the community to have a productive discussion. I also understand the frustration about a lack of communication from the school board. I think the way this has been covered has only served to exacerbate this issue.
While I, as a student of the Addison Northwest School District, believe that the alternatives to school closure would do more harm to the students then the closure of Addison and...
ADDISON RESIDENTS AND Rural School Alliance members Kelly Wellings (kneeling), Ashley Paquette (in white) and Caetlin Harwood (in cap) painted signs in Addison on Monday morning encouraging town voters to oppose closing Addison Central School. The Addison Northwest School District has proposed closing ACS and the Ferrisburgh Central School to save money.
Independent photo/Christopher Ross
ADDISON — On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Addison voters will head to the polls to decide the following issue: “Shall the voters of the Town of Addison agree to the Addison Northwest School District’s plan to close the Addison Central School for use as an elementary school on June 30, 2020?”
Voters in Ferrisburgh are warned to decide the same issue for the Ferrisburgh Central School.
The ANWSD has explained to voters that because of declining enrollment and increased costs, keeping the two schools open would require program cuts at the high school or tax increases it assumes district residents would find...
LIZ HURLBURT OF Second Chance Farm gets a hug from Stan and Dorothy Zbornak, two mini donkeys named after characters from the TV show “Golden Girls.” Since launching Second Chance Farm in Addison this summer, Liz and her husband, Noah, have acquired more than 100 animals, many of which are considered endangered. Every animal on the farm has a name and a story.
Photo courtesy of Second Chance Farm
ADDISON — A lot has happened in the six months since Liz and Noah Hurlburt first entertained the idea of having a farm.
They got married, purchased 34 acres near Lake Champlain in Addison, moved their family down from Williston, built fences and stalls, opened a catering business and acquired more than 100 animals.
“We were merging our families — six kids and five dogs — and so we thought ... space,” said Noah, a science teacher who grew up in rural Vermont. “And a sense of place. There’s a quality of life that comes with that, which is really important.”
The Hurlburts call their new home...
VERGENNES — It’s official. The Addison Northwest School District has scheduled school-closure votes for Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the towns of Addison and Ferrisburgh.
The ANWSD is asking voters in those two towns to approve its plan to close the elementary school in their towns — Addison Central School and Ferrisburgh Central School, respectively — on June 30, 2020.
According to the ANWSD board, closing the schools would be the best way to preserve student programming without imposing what it assumes will be unacceptable tax increases.
At a series of informational meetings over the past month in...
ADDISON — On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vt., and Crown Point State Historic Site in Crown Point, N.Y., team up to offer a day-long multi-disciplinary seminar on the 10th anniversary of the Oct. 16, 2009, closing of the 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge.
The day explores the findings, consequences, and memories of the historic moment of the bridge closure and aftermath. The day begins at Chimney Point, with an illustrated talk by Vermont State Archeologist Jess Robinson on the archaeological findings on the Vermont side of the bridge project. This is followed...
As many of you know, we the Board of the Addison Northwest School District have asked the voters of Ferrisburgh and Addison to consider closing their schools. We want to make clear why we are doing this and why we haven’t acted in other ways.
It is worth stating that our responsibility is to ensure that the district is providing the best education for all students in our care. Our vision statement reads, “We envision a kind, collaborative, and creative community for all that nurtures a diverse and accessible learning environment. Students will flourish as critical thinkers and productive...