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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...
BRISTOL — If residents of the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) on March 3 approve the MAUSD board’s proposed $31,399,182 spending plan for the 2020-2021 school year, they are expected to face increases in their towns’ school tax rates ranging from about 5.8% to 8.2% The budget, if adopted, would increase the five-town district’s spending by 1.45%. In dollar terms, MAUSD’s estimates for the five district towns call for increases in the tax rate that would range from about 9.6 cents in Monkton, or $96 per $100,000 of assessed value, to 13.5 cents in Starksboro, or $135 per $100,000...
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) has discovered that the tax estimates it originally released at a Jan. 20 budget forum were incorrect due to an accounting error. The Bristol-area district’s 4-cent tax-rate discount awarded for agreeing to unify was erroneously included on two separate spreadsheets while calculating those rates, said district Business Manager Floyd Davison. MAUSD officials estimate if the voters on Town Meeting Day back the $31.4 million spending proposal and a $250,000 reserve fund, thus applying $500,705 from the surplus, tax rates could increase by a...

TOM BUZZELL, LEFT, and Kathleen Kilbourne are finalists to become the next principal of Bristol Elementary School.
UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, the BES Principal Finalists meet and greet with the community scheduled for today, Thursday, Feb. 6, will be rescheduled. More information as it becomes available.  Click here to see the new day and time. BRISTOL — Two candidates with strong ties to Bristol Elementary School and more than a decade each of experience as a principal are the finalists to be the school’s next principal. One is the current BES interim principal, Tom Buzzell, and the other is now the principal of Addison Central School, Kathleen Kilbourne. Mount Abraham Unified School District...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) board on Tuesday, as expected, agreed to warn a roughly $31.4 million budget for the 2020-2021 school year that, if approved on Town Meeting Day, would increase the five-town district’s spending by 1.45%. The district has estimated it would spend $18,746.76 per pupil, just $13 short of an amount that would trigger a state-imposed dollar-for-dollar penalty on district taxpayers. But the tax impacts of that budget are now unclear because the district on Wednesday received new data from the Department of Education (DOE) that showed...

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