The $59.5 million proposed school bond for the Slate Valley Unified Union School District is an ambitious project with a few fine points to work out regarding its proposed changes for Orwell’s K-8 Village School.
As stated in current plans, the district project would commit significant dollars to renovating Fair Haven Union High School, build a new district middle school, and commit significant resources to upgrading the district’s other primary schools. Among those projects is a $6 million renovation and 8,200-square-foot addition with a new cafeteria and gym to the Orwell school. The...
THE NEW MINIBURY spread in today's Arts+Leisure section of the Addison Independent
We’ve long admired the creation of MiniBury, an online source for all-things to do with raising kids in the greater-Middlebury and Addison County area. For the past eight years it has been a valued resource among that ever-changing cohort of county residents, but it’s required much of the volunteers dedicated to compiling and organizing its information.
Starting with today’s issue, we’re pleased to let our readers — and the general community — know that information will continue to be compiled and organized in much the same way, but now with the support of the Addison Independent. Our digital...
Middlebury residents will face a sweetheart deal when asked to support a $5.35 million bond to finance three distinct projects. That’s because the majority of that $5.35 million will be raised without increasing local taxes.
The bonds deal with infrastructure projects that will hopefully tap into federal and state grants, along with excess funds in the town’s local options tax, to keep the tax impact close to nil — well, not nothing, but not very much.
The three projects (see story on Page 1A) include: water main improvements to Court Square amounting to $2.5 million; up to $2 million in...
The next stop in the Democratic primary is this Saturday, Feb. 22 in Nevada, and it will likely add confusion not clarity in terms of defining the party’s leading nominee. That’s begs a new question: If the Democratic primary remains competitive with the top four or five candidates through the spring, is the party weaker or stronger for it?
After two lower-tier candidates have surprised voters in the first two contests, this week’s caucus in Nevada’s may give Vice President Joe Biden a needed boost. But it’s no slam dunk. It’s anybody’s guess which candidate will emerge victorious and get the...
We have an authoritarian in the White House who, this week, is undermining the very foundation of our judicial system, interfering with justice in the courts on a case-by-case basis and telegraphing his desires to a corrupt Attorney General — and yet, liberal pundits around the country are panicked about what to do if Bernie Sanders is the Democrat’s nominee. Seriously?
Get a grip, pundits — and many Democrats.
First, Sanders has long held an advantage in New Hampshire, as well as in Iowa due to his name recognition, large numbers of loyal supporters and a grassroots campaign ideally suited...
The one positive thing you can say about Trump’s State of the Union speech is that it had entertaining moments. Trump’s brilliance, if that’s a fitting word, is that he believes in the power of reality TV and brings a larger-than-life version of the presidency into his supporters’ living rooms with the same sort of hysterics and fakery you see on The Real Housewives, Duck Dynasty and Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
That his presidency is, therefore, based on lies, deceit, fakery and a complete lack of integrity is what we now know is to be expected.
To that point, Trump told an entertaining...
The botched election results of Iowa’s Democrat Party caucus, while embarrassing, will soon be a distant memory and a minor event in this presidential campaign. The importance, rather, is that Sen. Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg captured the lead in no uncertain terms, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was a distant third, while Sen. Joe Biden trailed in fourth with Sen. Amy Klobuchar close behind.
That’s a serious blow to the perception that Biden is the Democrat’s best bet to beat Trump.
What’s particularly damaging is that it reinforces the doubt many Democrats have long had about Biden’s strength...
Last Friday, Senators voted 51-49 to refuse calling more witnesses in the impeachment trial against President Trump — all of those voting against witnesses were Republicans. Sen. Mitch Romney, R-Utah, and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, broke ranks with their party to support all 47 Democrats in their call for testimony from former and current White House officials who had first-hand knowledge of Trump’s culpability and were willing to testify. The refusal to call for witnesses sets the stage for a Republican cover-up of Trump’s misdeeds, and an early acquittal.
Not that Trump was innocent....
As a clarification to an editorial written this past Monday, the expectation for small schools to be able to have control over whether they will be able to remain open is that current fundamentals would have to change. At the district level, some of the rules of district unification (as in, how schools could be closed) would need to be revised. At the state level, perhaps the very essence of the Supreme Court’s Brigham decision would need to be explored, and school finance laws amended within that framework.
At the district level, the petitions submitted to the Addison Northwest School...
When the Addison Central School District board (greater Middlebury) voted not to warn two petitions calling for changes in the district’s charter, they did so with significant differences to what faced voters in the Addison Northwest School District a week ago: First, the ACSD has not yet made a decision to close any elementary school in the district; second, no district town has held a vote in which a large majority of residents expressed extreme dissatisfaction with the district board’s decision.
That might happen within the ACSD, but it hasn’t happened yet.
Ripton representative to the...