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BRISTOL — School boards face a number of challenges when they need to communicate or hear testimony about issues that might involve individual students or employees. This was evidenced at the Oct. 12 meeting of the Mount Abraham Unified School District Board, when chair Dawn Griswold took the reluctant step of halting meeting proceedings to avoid disclosure of potentially private information. The Independent invited Griswold to provide an overview of the various factors at work when a decision like that has to be made. “There are many ‘guardrails’ that limit what the Board can/can’t say and I...
I was a classroom teacher at Bristol Elementary School from 1996-2018. I am deeply saddened to hear about the recent events at the school. I am also, unfortunately, not surprised. These challenges, although not always this extreme, are not new at BES. I’d like to make two points based on my personal experience at the school. In a recent Addy Indy article, Patrick Reen, the superintendent, stated, “What we are seeing play out in our schools is reflective of the fact that our students who were struggling most before the pandemic are the ones that have been impacted most significantly by the...

FRESHMAN FORWARD PADEN Lathrop, backed by senior midfielder Carly Rougier, battles for the ball with Hornet defender Madison McCuin in the first half of the Eagles field hockey team’s 1-0 home win over on Friday. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham field hockey team on Friday successfully navigated the first of three straight games against top Division I teams, defeating visiting Essex, 1-0.  Awaiting the Eagles on Monday are a visit from always-tough Champlain Valley and on Tuesday a visit to one-loss South Burlington, a D-I finalist a year ago and a favorite to meet undefeated Bellows Falls again in this year’s title game.  But those challenges — with the postseason fast approaching — are just fine with the three-time defending champion D-II Eagles, who improved to 10-1 by shutting down the Essex Hornets on...
I cheered when I read Donna Fournier’s letter in the Addison Independent of September 30. And I’m sure that my cheer was echoed by many teachers and former teachers in the Mount Abraham district. I have been teaching since 1978. I’ve worked in five different elementary schools, and have the familiarity of a parent with three more, in four different states. From July 2012 until June 2018 I was the Supplemental Literacy teacher for grades 3 through 6 at Bristol Elementary School. When I first came to work in Bristol, the Supplemental Literacy department consisted of five people. The...
I am a retired remedial language specialist. For years, I worked with students with dyslexia and other reading challenges. I first worked in a private high school created for students with reading challenges. When that school closed, I then worked in the literacy department at Bristol Elementary. In the literacy department five of us worked with individual students, or small groups, on specific areas of difficulty. The teaching and learning was intentional, tailored specifically to the students’ needs, measurable, and consistently shared with the students’ classroom teachers. Working with the...
BRISTOL — After teachers at Bristol Elementary School raised school safety concerns in a public statement at Tuesday night's Mount Abraham Unified School District board meeting, Mount Abraham Education Association co-vice president Sarah Mangini followed with a statement cataloguing some of the damage and dangers experienced or observed at the school. Mangini described an atmosphere in which students and teachers have feared for their safety, property has been damaged, and learning has often being interrupted. Some of the concerns expressed Tuesday night echoed those that have been shared in...

A BRISTOL ELEMENTARY School classroom that recently suffered damage after an incident at the school.
BRISTOL — A group of Bristol Elementary School teachers banded together to raise concerns about safety issues at the school during Tuesday night's MAUSD board meeting in Bristol. Teachers spoke of incidents in recent days and weeks when "children were hiding and crying in fear and staff members were injured. Hallways were cleared and students and staff remained in the learning space they were in with the doors locked." They referred to the school as a "place of unrest" where "a general sense of helplessness and fear has permeated our school." The full statement, which was shared with the...
MONKTON — Very few residents showed up to a community school forum hosted by the Monkton selectboard last Thursday, Sept. 30, and those who did were outnumbered on Zoom by interested onlookers from other towns. The meeting had been scheduled at the request of Monkton residents, including Eugenie Doyle, who was one of a handful of people to attend in person, and its aim was to clarify the status of several ongoing discussions in the Mount Abraham Unified School District, including: •  The definition of “repurposing” a school, an action the school board has been counseled it has the legal...
In November 2016, voters in Starksboro, and in Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and New Haven, voted to approve the consolidation of our school districts, changing from one school board governing each school, to one MAUSD board governing all six of our schools (five elementary schools and Mount Abraham Middle/High School). The Articles of Agreement that voters in each of our five towns, and the Vermont State Board of Education, approved when they agreed to form MAUSD in 2016 include the following: “After four (4) years of operation the new SD may close a school conveyed to the new SD by a Forming...
BRISTOL — Given all of the unknown factors, it’s challenging to predict how Lincoln’s withdrawal will impact the Mount Abraham Unified School District. Lincoln residents voted in August to leave the MAUSD, and the town clerks of Bristol, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro have been notified by the Vermont State Board of Education (VSBE) that they must organize votes in their towns to ratify Lincoln’s exit plan, but no date for those votes has been announced. Lincoln’s plan cannot proceed without ratification of all four towns. In the meantime, the MAUSD is trying to get a handle on what this...

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