ORWELL VILLAGE SCHOOL kindergarten teacher Josh Martin leads story time for his students in a rustic outdoor learning space. The Orwell community partnered with its school to create the outdoor classrooms as a way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Independent photo/John Flowers
ORWELL — Teachers have been busy these past few months ordering classroom supplies for the first in-school classes since mid-March.
A lot of chalk, erasers, desks, chairs and photocopier paper, right?
The Orwell Village School’s supply list has included wood chips, large stones, tree stumps and tarps — the new “normal” classroom décor during this era of COVID-19. Orwell parents, educators and business leaders have joined forces to create an outdoor learning environment until a vaccine, or Mother Nature, sends students and teachers back into the school building.
“It’s just another...
ORWELL — The third vote was the charm for passing a fiscal year 2021 K-12 budget for the Slate Valley Unified Union District Schools (SVUUSD), which includes Orwell.
District voters on Tuesday endorsed a trimmed, $26,402,586 spending plan by a razor-thin 16-vote margin — 1,324 to 1,308. The budget is $220,455 less than a proposal district residents defeated twice during the past five months.
SVUUSD serves children in the communities of Orwell, Castleton, Benson, Hubbardton, West Haven and Fair Haven.
Superintendent Brooke Olsen-Farrell was pleased the budget passed, but knows not everyone is...
ORWELL — The Slate Valley Unified Union School District (SVUUSD) on Tuesday announced students would return to Orwell Village School this fall.
It is part of a school re-entry plan in which students in kindergarten through 8th grade will attend classes on their respective campuses, and students in grades 9-12 will see a combination of virtual classes and in-person classes at Fair Haven Union High School.
The SVUUSD board voted 11-4 in favor of the re-entry plan, with the caveat that it could change during the coming weeks depending on state and federal guidelines pertaining to the COVID-19...
ORWELL — Orwell voters on Tuesday, Aug. 11, will cast ballots on a revised 2020-2021 K-12 spending plan of $26,402,586 for Slate Valley Unified Union District Schools (SVUUSD). The budget is $220,455 less than a budget proposal district residents have defeated twice during the past five months.
If approved by SVUUSD voters in Orwell, Castleton, Benson, Hubbardton, West Haven and Fair Haven, the budget will result in education spending of $16,393.68 per equalized pupil, an amount that’s 1.99% higher than spending for the year that just ended. The spending proposal to be fielded Aug. 11...
ORWELL — Orwell voters will return to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 11, to cast ballots on a reduced 2020–2021 K–12 spending plan for Slate Valley Unified Union District Schools (SVUUSD).
The SVUUSD board is expected to finalize a new budget number at its July 20 meeting. In the meantime, directors have scheduled a series of public meetings this Thursday, July 9, at 6 p.m., in the SVUUSD-member communities of Orwell, Castleton, Benson, Hubbardton, West Haven and Fair Haven. The Orwell meeting will be held on the town green and will be led by Glen Cousineau, Peter Stone and John Wurzbacher.
ORWELL — Slate Valley Unified Union School District (SVUUSD) residents, including those in Orwell, turned out at the polls on Tuesday to again reject a proposed 2020–2021 budget of $26,623,041 for K–12 education.
Only this time, the margin of defeat was wider. Residents defeated it by an 812-550 tally. On Town Meeting Day in March residents of the SVUUSD-member towns of Orwell, Castleton, Benson, Hubbardton, West Haven and Fair Haven turned away the budget by only a 1,585 to 1,490 margin.
Slate Valley officials had been optimistic about the budget’s chances on Tuesday. They had noted that...
ORWELL — Orwell voters will join their fellow Slate Valley Unified Union School District (SVUUSD) residents at the polls on June 9 to field the same fiscal year 2021 K-12 public education budget that was defeated by just 95 tallies back on Town Meeting Day.
A change in how a budget surplus from a previous year would be spent could make the tax impact less of a hurdle for some voters.
The proposed $26,623,041 spending plan failed by a 1,585 to 1,490 tally in March. SVUUSD serves children in Orwell, Castleton, Benson, Hubbardton, West Haven and Fair Haven. The defeated budget at the time...
ORWELL — Orwell residents on Tuesday joined other Slate Valley Unified Union School District (SVUUSD) voters in soundly defeating a proposed $59.5 million bond issue that would have, among other things, bankrolled an 8,200-square-foot addition to the Orwell school.
The proposal — which would have also resulted in extensive renovations to Fair Haven Union High School, a new “Slate Valley Middle School” and a new, $842,066 elevator system at Fair Haven Grade School — was defeated by 2,489-719 margin by the collective voters of Orwell, Castleton, Benson, Hubbardton, West Haven and Fair Haven....
ORWELL — Orwell residents on Tuesday approved a town budget and welcomed two new members to the town selectboard. The big ticket items on the Town Meeting Day ballot — a $26,623,041 Slate Valley Unified Union School District spending plan and a $59.5 million SVUUSD building bond — were defeated by the six-town school district that includes Orwell.
At Tuesday’s annual town meeting at the Orwell Town Hall, voters approved a $1,122,249 proposed 2020 budget, of which $753,205 will need to be funded by taxpayers.
They also OK’d $55,000 for the repair of the Orwell Free Library’s standing seam roof...