ADDISON NORTHWEST SCHOOL District Superintendent Sheila Soule
VERGENNES — On March 13 Vermont school districts leaned they had just a few days to organize an orderly transition to remote learning that would last until April 6.
Thirteen days later it was official: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans to offer “maintenance of learning” for a couple of weeks became distance learning for the rest of the school year.
As was the case around Vermont, Addison Northwest School District administrators and teachers then scrambled to come up with approaches that would meet the needs of all students throughout all grade levels.
Despite some inconsistencies shown in a...
VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest School District should run a surplus for the current fiscal year, according to Director of Finance and Operations Elizabeth Jennings.
Jennings reported a probable surplus in a report to the ANWSD board she wrote last week, and discussed it at Monday’s board meeting.
She did not mention the amount of the surplus in those reports, but told the Independent on Tuesday that while there are still many moving parts to account for between now and the end of the district’s fiscal year, June 30, the fund balance might reach six figures.
In her report, Jennings...
VERGENNES — An internal Addison Northwest School District study has recommended that for the 2021–2022 school year sixth-graders be added into the district’s middle school.
The study team, which began its work in March with leadership from Vergennes Union Elementary School Principal Matt DeBlois and Ferrisburgh Central School Principal Andy Kepes, made the recommendation in an update given to the ANWSD board before its Monday meeting.
“In the end, the group felt it made the most sense to add a sixth grade in the ’21/’22 school year and as other structures and systems fall into place the...
MONTPELIER — Students from Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD), under the tutelage of teachers Josh Brooks and Rebecca Coffey, brought home a number of awards from this year’s Vermont History Day competition held by the Vermont Historical Society. The students were among the more than 200 students from 22 schools who submitted their Vermont History Day projects online during the week of May 3.
The projects were reviewed virtuallybyjudgingteamsoflocal historians, educators, and other professionals. Students chose topics inspired by the National History Day theme, “Breaking Barriers in...
As we wrap up the school year, the ANWSD Board would like to thank our students, parents/guardians, faculty and staff for their extraordinary resilience, creativity, and kindness during this school year. We know it has been the most difficult year, and we thank all of them for continuing to teach and learn together.
Unfortunately, the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic are far from over. The economic impact of this crisis will lead to some difficult decisions about our budget and our structure as a district. We would like to take this opportunity to explain more fully the discussions the...
VERGENNES — In an atmosphere of increasing financial pressure on public schools, the Addison Northwest School District board on Monday discussed five scenarios for the future of the Vergennes-area district. Board members focused on how they will engage ANWSD residents in the process of making the difficult educational and financial decisions that lie ahead.
Each of the scenarios the board eyed on Monday features varying programming levels, and most differ in where students would study and which buildings would remain open.
“We aren’t prioritizing any of these options at this time. These are...
VERGENNES — Collective bargaining talks between the Addison Northwest School District board and district teachers on a contract for the 2020-2021 school year and possibly beyond have reached an impasse, according to a Tuesday press release from ANWSD Superintendent Sheila Soule.
According to the press release the ANWSD board and the Addison Northwest Teachers’ Association have met six times since October without reaching a deal for a one-year or multi-year contract.
As a result, both the board and the union have decided to call for the services of a neutral mediator to resolve the...
VERGENNES — At a virtual Addison Northwest School Board meeting last week, board members, student representatives and administrators joined the district’s efforts in continuing education, providing and transporting meals, and keeping its buildings clean and safe.
Director of Finance and Operations Elizabeth Jennings said all ANWSD employees had excelled in responding during the COVID-19 crisis.
“It affects every single kind of person doing every single kind of job,” Jennings said. “I’m in awe and thankful for everyone in the entire district.”
Superintendent Sheila Soule also cast a wide net...
VERGENNES — At an online Vergennes-area Regional COVID-19 Meeting on Tuesday morning officials heard that the Ferrisburgh Shaw’s Supermarket has taken steps to protect customers and employees.
They also worked to pool local municipal and nonprofit email lists to better reach residents and discussed easing late fees on payments for property taxes and dog licenses.
Officials from Vergennes, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Addison Northwest School District, city and county nonprofits, and Rep. Matt Birong, D-Vergennes, were among the 18 attendees at a meeting hosted by Vergennes City Manager Dan Hofman....
ADDISON COUNTY — Voters in Addison County and the Brandon area expressed strong support for 2020-2021 fiscal year school district budgets on Tuesday, including in two districts where in 2019 budgets passed by slender margins.
The outlier was the Slate Valley Unified Union School District, which is centered in Fair Haven and serves the Addison County town of Orwell. SVUUSD voters rejected their school spending proposal and a $59.5 million bond proposal (see story).
Elsewhere in the area, voters were more accepting of school budget proposals.
The $31,399,182 Mount Abraham Unified School...