Dear Addison County Independent readers and Members of the Addison Northwest School District Board,
Recently at the start of the school year, we learned of the plan to suddenly close Ferrisburgh Central School and Addison Central School at the end of this academic year. Many of the underlying assumptions for this recommendation by the ANWSD board are based on projecting the penalties incurred by the state for exceeding per pupil spending. The recent school board budget, which included paid stipends for some board members and facility upgrades, passed by seven votes. Understandably the board...
MEMBERS OF THE Ferrisburgh Central School’s first graduating class gathered recently for a reunion. They include, from left, front row: Cathy (Husk) Whately, Karlene DeVine holding Buster, Caroline (Coyle) Bitler, Henry Kandzoir; and, back row: Jane (Larrow) Nimblett, Sidney Jewell, Laura (LeClair) Laflech, Kristine (Bull) Larson, Gene Jewell, Lorraine (Gebo) Whittemore, Margaret (Cushman) Schelley, banjo player Alan Curler, Paula (Mercy) Forgues, David Scott, Barbara (Raymond) Bordeaux, Jeanie LeClair, Joe Rivers Sr., and Sylvia Hallock
Photo courtesy Karlene Devine
FERRISBURGH — Fifty-five years ago, movie tickets were $1.25, the New York World’s Fair opened and Congress passed and President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
That same year, 38 students at Ferrisburgh Central School (FCS) graduated from eighth grade on June 5. Twenty-one of those graduating students had walked into FCS on its first ever day in September 1956. In 1966, FCS began sending 7th- and 8th-graders to the middle school in Vergennes.
A 55th reunion of the FCS Class of 1964 was held Saturday, July 27, at the home of Karlene DeVine to share memories, life accomplishments...
FERRISBURGH CENTRAL SCHOOL teacher Judy Elson, who was recently nominated for the 2018 LifeChanger award, gets students out of the classroom and learning in places like the school garden.
Photo courtesy of Ferrisburgh Central School
FERRISBURGH — Judy Elson, a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Ferrisburgh Central School, has always taken her science and environmental education efforts there outside of the classroom.
From harvesting vegetables from the school garden in the fall to tapping maple trees in the late winter, Elson provides her students with tangible, hands-on science lessons.
Elson said that her teaching is centered on what she sees as the value of getting students outside.
“A lot of it is getting kids out of the four walls,” Elson said. “They might be learning about rocks or plants, and instead of sitting at...