MONTPELIER — The Vermont Department of Taxes has created an education property tax estimator tool for the 2021-2022 property tax year (FY22).
The tool was created to help taxpayers understand the impact of their budget vote on Town Meeting Day and to help school board members and district officials understand the impact of proposed budgets on taxpayers based on their combination of property value and household income, officials announced in a press release on Monday.
Figures produced by the tool are estimates only and final tax amounts will depend on the “Yield” amount enacted at the end of...
BRISTOL — After figuring in new data from the state, it looks like the proposed 2021-22 spending plan for the Mount Abraham Unified School District — if approved by 5-Town voters on Tuesday — will result in a lower tax burden for district property owners than was projected in January.
The amount of spending has not changed: Residents of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro are still being asked to approve $31,753,310 in educational spending for next year — a $354,128, or 1.13%, increase in spending over the current year.
But the estimated tax rates have gone down in the past...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School junior varsity boys’ basketball team has canceled practices and games this week after one of its players allegedly tested positive for COVID-19.
The school’s varsity and JV boys’ teams opened their season last Friday, Feb. 12, by hosting Enosburg Falls High School, which is located in Franklin County.
A couple of days later, Mount Abe Athletic Director Devin Wendel notified Enosburg Athletic Director Anthony Sorrentino that a Mount Abe JV player had tested positive for the disease, and likely had been positive during the Feb. 12 game, Sorrentino...
THE FIVE MAUSD board candidates.
BRISTOL — In recent years the town of Bristol has not always been able to find enough candidates to run for the Mount Abraham Unified School District board.
Not so this year.
Five Bristol residents have thrown their hats in the ring for the two school board seats that are up for election on Town Meeting Day, March 2.
Erin Jipner is challenging incumbent Kevin Hanson for a three-year seat, while Pamela Jennings and Bill Mount are challenging Krista Siringo for a two-year seat.
That there is increased interest in the school board should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been following public...
BRISTOL — On Town Meeting Day, March 2, voters in the Mount Abraham Unified School District will be asked to approve $31,753,310 in K-12 educational spending for fiscal year 2022, which begins July 1.
The budget reflects a total spending increase of $354,128, or 1.13%, over the current year, and a 0.18% increase in spending per equalized pupil, which, comes in at $18,573.
The MAUSD board approved the budget proposal last week.
At the same time 5-Town voters are asked to approve the budget, they’ll also be asked to endorse allocation of the district’s unaudited 2020 fund balance of $966,229.
This story has been updated.
BRISTOL — A member of the Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School community has tested positive for COVID-19, and multiple people have been quarantined as close contacts.
School officials received word Tuesday night of a "probable" positive COVID-19 at the Bristol school and began contact tracing on Wednesday, said Mount Abe Principal Shannon Warden.
Updated data from the Vermont Department of Health confirms that there has been one positive case at the school this week.
Warden could not specify if the case was a student, teacher or other staff member. She was also...
BRISTOL — Fifty days, it turns out, was not enough time for the Mount Abraham Unified School District board to come to a decision about Superintendent Patrick Reen’s long-range facilities plan, which he unveiled on Dec. 7.
The school board had originally hoped to make a decision no later than this week, thus beating the deadline for warning any necessary Town Meeting Day votes, but last Wednesday it pushed its timeline back to August.
As discussions continue, “it’s going to be important to be respectful of our communities and seek out community thinking and innovation, and consider it in our...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District board last week got a first look at results from a survey MAUSD conducted in December and January. The district received 1,655 responses, which were analyzed by the Vermont Center for Rural Studies.
At their Jan. 20 meeting, board members found out that the initial takeaways from that survey include:
• Lincoln and Starksboro residents oppose closing the schools in their own towns, and they oppose closing schools in other MAUSD towns.
• Bristol, Monkton and New Haven residents oppose closing the schools in their own towns, but they support...
I’m writing in response to Dawn Griswold’s Jan. 14 letter to the editor in the Addison Independent. While I appreciate her willingness to engage with the 5-town community regarding the current proposal for the repurposing or closure of Beeman Elementary School, Lincoln Community School and Robinson Elementary School, I was troubled by her presentation of the proposal. Like so many families, my wife and I have spent many evenings engaged in the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) board meetings and community engagement discussions.
We have witnessed many questions and concerns...
BRISTOL — After a special meeting of the Mount Abraham Unified School District board last week, it appears unlikely that Superintendent Patrick Reen’s long-range facilities plan, which includes consolidating elementary schools and merging with a neighboring school district, will get an up-or-down vote this month.
“I am coming to you tonight to recommend that, in the interest of working together as a group and continuing to really understand the decision in front of us and to allow us time to further study what we are faced with, we take action tonight that gives us the time we need,” said...