Lincoln

LINCOLN — The library has switched to a new Integrated Library System (ILS) that will be used to manage your library account, process materials and check items in and out. Patrons are encouraged to open their own account at home. Your username is the barcode number on your library card and the password is the last four digits of your phone number. With this account you will be able to renew books, place holds, keep a list of books you would like to read, make purchase suggestions and keep your private reading history right from the comfort of your own home. In addition, the library has joined...
LINCOLN — School tax rates are going down for fiscal year 2022 in Lincoln, but not by enough to offset an increase in the municipal tax rate. As a result most Lincoln residents will see slightly higher tax bills in the coming year. The Lincoln selectboard has set the municipal tax rate at $0.7248 per $100 of assessed property value, an increase of $0.0821, or 12.8% over the current year. At the same time, Lincoln’s residential educational property tax rate decreased by $0.0436, or 2.8%, to $1.5266. The nonresidential educational property tax rate decreased by $0.0258, or 1.7%, to $1.5122....
LINCOLN — Lincoln Mentoring is a program that develops relationships between caring adults and children. It enhances community by bringing together townspeople of different ages, backgrounds and interests — all who value connection and acceptance. Does this sound intriguing? Mentors can be anyone over 18 years old who can commit to spending four hours a month with a young mentee. Mentees can be any child between five and 13 years old. If you are interested in mentoring or would like a mentor for your child, please contact Anna Howell at Anna.Howell@mausd.org. Many thanks to the current...
LINCOLN — The Ripton Coffee House Concert scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 4, with Patti Casey and the Wicked Fine Players has been moved to Burnham Hall. There will be no open mic. The musicians will be playing two sets with a break. The concert will also be live-streamed. Check out www.rcch.org for more information on how to tune in. COVID protocols will be in place. Everyone must show proof of vaccination before entering the venue. Patrons must remain masked while in the building. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Refreshments will be served outside under a canopy. Doors open at 7 p...

CHILDREN DISPLAY SIGNS supporting Lincoln Community School earlier this week. Developments in the Mount Abraham Unified School District over the past 10 months, including a proposal that would discontinue elementary education at LCS, have prompted a bid in Lincoln to withdraw from the district. Voters approved the bid on Tuesday, 525-172. Photo by Sarah McClain
LINCOLN — Lincoln voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a proposal to withdraw from the Mount Abraham Unified School District. Nearly two-thirds of Lincoln’s registered voters cast ballots on the measure, which passed 525-172, according to Town Clerk Sally Ober. Once the Secretary of State's office records Lincoln's withdrawal vote it will notify the four other MAUSD member towns of Bristol, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro, whose voters must then ratify Lincoln's exit bid before it can proceed to the Vermont Board of Education, which would decide whether Lincoln can become its own...
LINCOLN — Another school year is upon us. Welcome back to all the returning students and welcome to all the new students and teachers/staff. Back to school is a gentle reminder to all of us to pay a little extra attention to students walking and riding their bikes to and from school. Please also be mindful when encountering a school bus. If the lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, please stop. Wishing all the students and teachers/staff a safe, healthy and fun school year! The Lincoln Library is hosting Vermont’s newest Give and Take Mini Art Gallery sponsored by the Five Town...

Lincoln children carry signs supporting the preservation of their school earlier this week. Photo by Sarah McClain
LINCOLN — By a margin of more than 3 to 1, Lincoln voted Tuesday to withdraw from the Mount Abraham Unified School District. The vote count was 525-172 in favor of the measure.  Turnout for Tuesday's vote was 62%, significantly higher than Town Meeting Day 2021 (38.9%) but lower than the 2020 presidential election (88%). The MAUSD now has 90 days to schedule votes in the district's four other member towns of Bristol, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro. Lincoln’s exit plan has to win a majority of votes in each of those towns before it can proceed to the Vermont Board of Education, which would...

LINCOLN RESIDENT JEANNE Albert, a longtime educator and mathematician, is a member of the Vermont Legislative Apportionment Board, which will play a key role in reimagining legislative districts based on the 2020 Census results. Independent photo/John Flowers
LINCOLN —  With the goal of adhering to a “one-person, one vote” standard, the decennial reapportionment of legislative districts is “largely a mathematical exercise,” according to the Vermont Secretary of State’s website. If that’s the case, Lincoln’s Jeanne Albert — a lifelong mathematician — is indeed at home on the Vermont Legislative Apportionment Board (LAB), the seven-member panel charged with taking the most recent U.S. Census numbers to potentially reshape the Green Mountain State’s Vermont House and Senate districts based on population changes during the past 10 years. “I have an...
BRISTOL — From the perspective of the Mount Abraham Unified School District, the annual operating costs for the Lincoln Community School, should it be withdrawn from the district, are higher than estimates recently presented by withdrawal proponent Save Community Schools. Had LCS existed independently of the school district in fiscal year 2020-21, its total spending would have amounted to $4,190,000, according to Superintendent Patrick Reen, who presented the data at a school board retreat in Starksboro Monday night. This is $278,000, or 7%, higher than the $3,912,000 that the group Save...
LINCOLN — As of Wednesday morning, Aug. 18, 20% of Lincoln’s registered voters had already cast their ballots in advance of the Aug. 24 vote on whether the town’s community school should withdraw from the Mount Abraham Unified School District, according to Town Clerk Sally Ober. The vote was scheduled by the Lincoln selectboard on July 13 in response to a petition filed by the group Save Community Schools. Voter approval in Lincoln would constitute the first of many steps the town would have to go through to actually withdraw, including approval from the MAUSD’s other four member towns and...

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