ANWSD

10/17/2019
VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest School District will host two voter information meetings on Monday, Nov. 4 — the night before elementary school-closure votes in Addison and Ferrisburgh. The first meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at the Addison Central School and the second at 7 p.m. at the Ferrisburgh Central School. The next day, Tuesday, Nov. 5, ANWSD will ask Addison and Ferrisburgh voters to approve its plan to close those two schools on June 30, 2020. The district has suggested that because of declining enrollment and increased costs, keeping the two schools open would require program...
10/14/2019
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...
10/14/2019
Editor’s note: This is a letter to Sue Rakowski, chair of the Addison Northwest School Board, in response to a letter she submitted on behalf of the board that ran in the Independent’s letters forum on Oct. 10. I am a Ferrisburgh resident and parent of two children. On Aug. 22, the ANWSD Board held a retreat where you were presented with several options or “scenarios” to address the impending budget crisis. At the end of that afternoon, you all made the decision to move forward with Scenario 3, which closes both Addison and Ferrisburgh Central schools. This was the first time that Ferrisburgh...
10/10/2019
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...
10/06/2019
FERRISBURGH/ADDISON — After selectboards in Addison and Ferrisburgh early last week declined a school board request to hold votes on closing the elementary schools in those towns, the future of that vote proposal was only partially clarified by Friday afternoon.  What remains clear is that many residents in both towns are deeply skeptical of the Addison Northwest School District’s proposal.  On Tuesday, Oct. 1, both towns’ selectboards declined to honor the Addison Northwest School District board’s request to warn a Nov. 5 vote for the purpose of asking Addison and Ferrisburgh residents if...
10/06/2019
ADDISON/FERRISBURGH — While the fate of the votes on whether to close Addison and Ferrisburgh central schools remained uncertain late last week (see related story), many in those communities remained deeply skeptical of the Addison Northwest School District board’s proposal to ask them to consider those school closures.  The ANWSD board has stated its preferred option is to close both schools and educate district students in kindergarten and in grades 1-4 at Vergennes Union Elementary School and create a new middle school for grades 5-8 at Vergennes Union High School.  A second option could...
10/06/2019
Dear ANWSD community, As educators in the middle school, we feel that it is important to weigh in on the conversation on reconfiguration. Despite some hesitancy to stick our necks out, we do this out of a deep commitment to our students, schools, and community. The enrollment challenges in our schools are real, and we recognize the need to consider different configurations. However, we also know that our schools, not merely the physical buildings, but the web of relationships that breathe life into those buildings, are precious community institutions that have been built through decades of...
10/03/2019
FERRISBURGH/ADDISON — After Tuesday night not only the future of Addison and Ferrisburgh central schools is uncertain, but so also is the future of the planned votes on whether to close them. The Addison Northwest School District Board had asked selectboards in both towns at their Tuesday meetings to warn Nov. 5 school closure votes. The board has said closing the two schools is the best way to provide educational equity for all ANWSD students; maintain programs, especially at Vergennes Union High School; and avoid a tax increase that residents likely would not support a year after its...
09/23/2019
VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest School District board has scheduled three informational meetings on potential school closures and district restructuring for the 2020-2021 school year. Two of those meetings will be held this week. The ANWSD board plans to vote on whether to call a closure vote for one or both of Addison and Ferrisburgh central schools at a meeting scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27, at Vergennes Union High School at 6 p.m. If the board adopts a closure plan, a town-wide vote in Addison or Ferrisburgh or both would be held this fall. According to the ANWSD Articles of Unification...
09/23/2019
We teach our children to be creative problem solvers, to think innovatively — skills that they will need in spades to deal with an ever-changing and uncertain world. Let’s model this same thinking now when it matters most for our children, our communities and our schools. Let’s find a path forward for the Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) that’s fiscally sustainable — yes — and also, dare I say, inspired! The doom and gloom of per-pupil spending thresholds, penalties, and declining enrollment loomed large over the community at the Sept. 9 ANWSD school board meeting. While I appreciate...

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