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BRISTOL — If the Mount Abraham Unified School District consolidates its five elementary schools into two, then merges with the Addison Northwest School District, it could save enough money to preserve programming and keep property taxes from skyrocketing, according to Superintendent Patrick Reen. Those savings would come almost exclusively through staffing cuts. In his Dec. 7 presentation to the MAUSD board, Reen estimated that the MAUSD would need to eliminate 75 to 91 positions over the next five years if, contrary to his recommendation, the district continued operating its elementary...
VERGENNES — In the words of Addison Northwest School District Board Member Mark Koenig at the board’s Monday meeting, ANWSD is ready to enter into “talks about talking” about cooperating with the Mount Abraham Unified School District. Those talks could lead to a future merger of the districts. That was the takeaway from the board’s discussion held in reaction to MAUSD Superintendent Patrick Reen’s Dec. 7 unveiling of a proposal for joint high and middle schools for the two districts, one in each of the district’s existing high schools, by the start of the 2023 school year. Voters in both...
I’m writing to express my concern over the direction of the MAUSD school consolidation plan. The proposal put forth last night is going to dismantle our small town schools and create irreversible damage to our communities. I’m a resident and mother of a two-year-old in Lincoln. The idea of creating an “innovation site” at LCS only serves to take the control away from towns and put it in the hands of the school board. These “innovation sites” will effectively close our schools and do so at the hands of elected officials and not the town residents. It is a semantic trick. Lincoln Community...

MAUSD SUPERINTENDENT PATRICK Reen
BRISTOL — After months of anticipation, residents of the Mount Abraham Unified School District have gotten a first glimpse of what their schools might look like in the near future. So have residents of the Addison Northwest School District, for that matter. In a special meeting of the MAUSD board Monday night, Superintendent Patrick Reen presented his recommendations for future facilities use in the district, which he said could both save money and expand programming. “I recommend the MAUSD board NOT close any schools,” he said. “Instead, I recommend the MAUSD board take a phased approach,...
The Mount Abraham Unified School District Superintendent’s plan for the future of schools in the five towns keeps the Lincoln, Starksboro and New Haven school buildings open but that is not the same as keeping open the community elementary schools in those towns. Under the proposed plan, Lincoln K-5 students would go to the Bristol Elementary School along with Bristol and “some” New Haven and Starksboro students. Other New Haven and Starksboro students would join Monkton students at the Monkton Central School. Sixth-graders from all the five towns would go to the Mt. Abraham Middle School....
STARKSBORO — A member of the learning community at Robinson Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. Mount Abraham Unified School District officials received the news on Nov. 23, according to an announcement Monday afternoon by Superintendent Patrick Reen. “We have been working closely with the Vermont Department of Health,” Reen said. “Anyone who may have been exposed has been notified and is currently expected to be in quarantine.” School officials did not specify whether the person who tested positive was a student, staff member or other member of the community. The patient may...

JOANN JARVIS, RIGHT, mentored Justice Green from first grade in South Burlington, through her transfer to Robinson Elementary School in Starksboro, and all the way through middle and high school at Mount Abe. The MAUSD Mentoring Program excels at fostering such relationships between students and community members. Photo courtesy of MAUSD Mentoring
BRISTOL — Joann Jarvis began mentoring Justice Green more than 10 years ago, when Green was a first-grader at the Central School in South Burlington. For an hour a week, they would spend time in the school eating lunch or playing games. “We played Go Fish a lot,” said Green, now a first-year college student.  She laughed at the recollection, then paused.  “Having lunch with Joann in school was nice because I often ate lunch alone,” she said. “I didn’t have many friends at Central, and my family was in a different financial situation from many of the other kids. Joann helped with emotional...
As the superintendent of the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD), I am the steward of our educational organization, which exists to educate our children “so that they can meet the challenges of lifelong learners and responsible citizens at a cost deemed acceptable by the community.”   In other words, what is it that we want our students to know and learn, when they graduate from Mount Abe? Which experiences do we wish to be able to offer them, so they can be citizens of their community and the world, so they can reach their full potential as learners and give back to their...
BRISTOL — After months of deliberation, a Mount Abraham Unified School District committee has narrowed down a wide range of building closure options and will soon make a formal recommendation to Superintendent Patrick Reen. Like many of its Vermont peers, the MAUSD has been struggling with declining enrollment, which reduces the Bristol-area district’s income from the state. It also faces increasing costs, especially those related to employee health care. Reen has projected that MAUSD annual budgets could exceed state-mandated spending thresholds by millions of dollars in coming years,...

MOUNT ABE MIDFIELDER Abigail Reen (21) carries the ball in the first half of Saturday’s Division II title game against Burr & Burton Academy in South Burlington on Saturday. Independent photo/Steve James
SOUTH BURLINGTON — Many elements that make a team successful can be measured — speed, skills, experience, depth. Others pieces are harder to pin down. Chemistry. Grit. Smarts. It seems some teams know how to win. Arguably No. 2 Burr & Burton Academy showed more measurables in Saturday’s Division II field hockey final than top-seeded Mount Abraham Union High School — quickness, flashier stickwork, and for most of the game crisper passing on a turf surface like BBA’s home field. But for the third straight and 10th time since 2000, when the final horn sounded on Saturday it was the team in...

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