facilities master plan

BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District board has a full summer’s worth of work ahead of it. The school board has received five community-authored proposals for solving the district’s facilities and financial challenges, and hired education consultant Nate Levenson to evaluate those proposals alongside the long-range facilities plan unveiled last December by Superintendent Patrick Reen. On Tuesday night the MAUSD board narrowly approved, 5-4, Levenson’s proposal for “a multistep process ... designed to vet and evaluate a number of alternative proposals for addressing declining...
BRISTOL — Fifty days, it turns out, was not enough time for the Mount Abraham Unified School District board to come to a decision about Superintendent Patrick Reen’s long-range facilities plan, which he unveiled on Dec. 7. The school board had originally hoped to make a decision no later than this week, thus beating the deadline for warning any necessary Town Meeting Day votes, but last Wednesday it pushed its timeline back to August. As discussions continue, “it’s going to be important to be respectful of our communities and seek out community thinking and innovation, and consider it in our...
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District has resumed long-range planning for its Middlebury-area buildings, only this time officials will be focusing on how the ACSD might reduce its complement of elementary schools from the current seven, to just three or four. Victoria Jette, chair of the ACSD Facilities Committee, said her panel has asked Superintendent Peter Burrows and Business Manager Brittany Gilman to work up: •  A three-school scenario reflecting all full-time staff. •  A four-school scenario reflecting all-full-time staff. •  A four-school model reflecting shared staff. “We...
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District board on Monday pressed “pause” on a facilities master planning process that could ultimately lead to the closure/consolidation of one or more of the ACSD’s seven elementary schools. The board made its decision in light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has temporarily put a lid on public gatherings. Past meetings about the future of Middlebury-area school facilities have drawn big crowds, and ACSD officials realize those kinds of meetings can’t be held virtually through Zoom or other social media platforms. But while the pandemic is suspending...
I attended the Jan. 27 ACSD Facilities Master Plan meeting at the MUHS auditorium. I was truly disappointed with the turnout. I expected the room to be standing room only with concerned taxpayers from the seven affected communities. If there was 30-40% occupancy, I would be surprised. As I expected, the presentation was mostly a scare tactic. Our student population is declining. This is the taxpayers’ fault? Do not blame the Vermont Legislature and local officials who blatantly discourage any commercial or business growth in the state, which would encourage our young people to seek jobs in...

MORE THAN 150 Middlebury-area residents turned out at their local high school on Monday to learn about the repair needs for the Addison Central School District’s seven elementary schools. An architect revealed the buildings need a combined $17.4 million in fixes just to take care of deferred maintenance issues. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — A commissioned architect on Monday gave Addison Central School District officials a lot of food for thought as they decide how to deploy taxpayers’ limited resources in tackling aging school buildings serving an ever-decreasing number of students. The estimated price tag for catching up on four decades of deferred maintenance to the ACSD’s seven elementary schools — which essentially involved bringing them up to building, handicap-access and safety codes — is $17.4 million. Moreover, the two architects from TruexCullins told district officials — and a crowd of more than 150...
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District officials are hoping for a great turnout at a Monday, Jan. 27, meeting at which they will explain a consultant’s findings that ACSD’s seven elementary schools need a combined $16.2 million in repairs. The officials will also discuss how those repairs could figure into a facilities master plan that will guide construction priorities for the Middlebury-area schools over the next decade and beyond. The meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at Middlebury Union High School. “ACSD Facilities Evaluation Report,” prepared by Burlington-based TruexCullins, was...
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...

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