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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Oct. 1 and 15: Ferrisburgh Selectboard Meetings, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 4: First Friday Movies “The Public” 6 p.m., Bixby Library.
Oct. 5: LCMM James Wakefield Rescue Row, Burlington Waterfront 9:30 a.m.
Oct. 12 and 26: Ferrisburgh Grange King Pede card parties, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 20: History of Beekeeping in Vermont, 3 p.m., Rokeby.
Oct. 26: Pancake Breakfast, 8 a.m., Fire Department, Route 7.
FERRISBURGH — On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Ferrisburgh Fire Department’s annual pancake breakfast fundraiser will be serving up lots of pancakes and Vermont maple syrup. The pancakes will be on the griddle as of...
RUTLAND — Two Ferrisburgh 4-H’ers received awards at the Vermont State Fair in Rutland in August. In the Dairy Competition Jonathan Flores-Torres took home the Rita Tracey Award. Averi Salley garnered an Outstanding Dairy Breed Exhibitor for her Brown Swiss.
FERRISBURGH — Lewis Creek Association held a successful screening of the documentary film “Toxic Puzzle” in January 2019. Members of the association are now inviting the public to join them for a screening of and discussion on the locally produced documentary “Lake Effect” on Oct. 17 at the Ferrisburgh Community Center.
“Lake Effect” explores research from Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Dr. Elijah Stommel into a possible connection between blue-green algae blooms that are fed by excess phosphorus in lakes, and the neurodegenerative disease ALS. The documentary team of Jim and Jackie Heltz (father...
SURVEILLANCE VIDEO FROM the Lincoln General store shows an image of the person who robbed the store early Monday morning.
LINCOLN/FERRISBURGH — Vermont State Police are investigating what they termed as “several incidents where convenience stores and gas stations have been burglarized and property has been taken.” They specifically cited burglaries at the Lincoln General Store on Monday, Sept. 9; at the Jolley Convenience Store on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh on Tuesday, Sept. 10; and at the at the Starry Night Café, also on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh, on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
Police said the Lincoln store was broken into before 3 a.m. Monday morning. A suspect stole “multiple items” before leaving, according to police....