We need our communities to come together now more than ever. Our school systems exist to educate the children of our communities so that they “can meet the challenges of lifelong learners and responsible citizens at a cost deemed acceptable by the community,” according to the ENDS policy of the Mount Abraham Unified School District. Furthermore, this policy states that MAUSD is “committed to equity in outcomes for each student so that students’ achievement of these ENDS is not limited or predetermined by characteristics such as family economics, ethnicity, race, religion, class, geography,...
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union School District released its plans for the fall reopening yesterday: Read them here.

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS SPENT a good part of May and June demolishing the downstairs varsity locker rooms at Mount Abraham Union High School, in preparation for a complete renovation. Upstairs, similar work was happening in the junior varsity locker rooms. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — With school buildings emptied out this spring because of the pandemic, Mount Abraham Unified School District officials have taken the opportunity to jump-start some long-planned renovations at their Bristol high school, and accomplish some emergency fixes. Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School students will see a change as soon as they approach the front door. Work will soon get underway on the building’s entrance, which will feature both improved security and accessibility, as well as provide a more welcoming environment, said MAUSD Facilities Director Joel FitzGerald during a...
BRISTOL — As Mount Abraham Unified School District officials iron out plans for in-person classes this fall, they are ready to go with some limited student contact this summer. MAUSD summer programs — including Expanded Learning, Summer Meals and special education programming — will get under way later this month, albeit with significant modifications because of the ongoing pandemic. Enrollment for the Summer Expanded Learning Program (ELP), which will begin at Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School on June 29, is already closed, according to ELP Director Mandy Chesley-Park, who spoke in an...

EDUCATORS AT MOUNT Abraham Union High School got their disco on as they helped with the “Meals on the Bus” program. From left to right, social studies teacher Scott Beckwith, math teacher Emily Ringquist and Safety and Wellness Coordinator Ryan Cornellier helped with meal delivery. Photo by Justin Bouvier
BRISTOL/VERGENNES — A school bus may hiss and roar and squeak and fart in exactly the same way wherever it goes, but when it arrives in your neighborhood on a misty late-August morning it will sound vastly different than it did when it departed the previous June.  It will sound different again transporting a sports team to a rival school, or dozens of energetic fourth-graders to a local museum, or an entire route of steaming and steamed kids who were anticipating a snow day. Now, in the middle of a global health crisis, these school buses sound entirely different again. Instead of...
BRISTOL — After focusing for a couple of weeks on “maintenance of skills,” the Mount Abraham Unified School District transitioned to a new phase of remote learning just before this week’s spring break. The new phase is the “continuation of learning,” and district officials are pleased with how it’s going so far. “We are intentionally not trying to replicate a typical student day,” MAUSD Superintendent Patrick Reen said last week. “We’re really looking for families to focus on something that’s manageable, both from the parent perspective and from the student perspective.” Where curriculum is...
ADDISON COUNTY — Voters in Addison County and the Brandon area expressed strong support for 2020-2021 fiscal year school district budgets on Tuesday, including in two districts where in 2019 budgets passed by slender margins. The outlier was the Slate Valley Unified Union School District, which is centered in Fair Haven and serves the Addison County town of Orwell. SVUUSD voters rejected their school spending proposal and a $59.5 million bond proposal (see story). Elsewhere in the area, voters were more accepting of school budget proposals. The $31,399,182 Mount Abraham Unified School...

DAVID SHARPE, ADDRESSING the Monkton town meeting during his last year as a state representative in 2018, is running for the Mount Abraham Unified School District board as a write-in candidate in Bristol. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
BRISTOL — A retired veteran Vermont legislator and former Bristol selectboard member has emerged in the 11th hour as a write-in candidate for an open Bristol seat on the Mount Abraham Unified School District board. David Sharpe, who for four years served as chairman of the Vermont House Education Committee, went public with his candidacy at the MAUSD annual meeting on Feb. 25. Sharpe, a Bristol resident since 1970 and nine-year member of the Bristol selectboard, also served on the Bristol Planning Commission and represented the town on the Addison County Solid Waste Management District. He...
My name is Rob Backlund and I am running for Lincoln’s open seat on the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) board. I am the son of retired public school educators and my daughter, Suvi, will be a member of the Mount Abraham Unified High School Class of 2037. I was raised to value, appreciate and cherish education. Any efforts, time and money that I put forth to support our children, our teachers, our schools, our communities, our collective education, isn’t energy and capital spent, it is time and money invested. I aspire to represent Lincoln on the school board so that I can role...
BRISTOL — Residents of the five towns of the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) will be asked on Tuesday to say yea or nay to a $31,399,182 spending plan to fund the district’s six schools for the 2020-2021 school year. The budget, if adopted, would increase the five-town district’s spending by 1.45%, and, according to MAUSD officials, maintain all current programs. Residents are expected to face increases in their towns’ school tax rates ranging from about 5.8% to 8.2%; see below for details. However, only about a third of district and Vermont taxpayers pay education property...


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