February 3rd, 2011
UPDATE 2/4/11: After the Independent went to press, a union representative clarified to the paper that the strike would only be put on hold if a settlement were reached.
Negotiations broke down on Wednesday evening, and on Thursday the teachers set a strike deadline of Feb. 9 unless the two groups could reach a settlement by then.
BRISTOL — It looks like a strike by the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union teachers has been avoided — for now.
BRISTOL — Addison Northeast Supervisory Union officials are trying to explain why, for the second year in row, a six-figure deficit has showed up on the school districts books six months after the close of the fiscal year.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Mount Abraham Union High School board, chairman Lanny Smith and Superintendent Evelyn Howard said district business manager Greg Burdick had made projections last June that poorly estimated Mount Abe’s revenues and expenditures for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
MONKTON — Longtime Monkton residents will notice a conspicuous omission on their Town Meeting Day ballot this year.
For the first time since 1973, Carmelita Burritt will not be running for town clerk. It will indeed be the end of an era in Monkton and the beginning of a new one, as Sharon Gomez is likely to become the community’s first new town clerk since the Nixon administration.
“It’s more and more work,” a smiling Burritt said on Monday. “I’m tired out.”
ADDISON COUNTY — Ten Addison County towns will soon mark an auspicious birthday that will require a lot of candles and the collective breath of many residents to blow out.
The towns of Shoreham, Bridport, Addison, Leicester, Middlebury, New Haven, Cornwall, Panton, Salisbury and Weybridge will this year all commemorate the 250th anniversary of receiving charters from Benning Wentworth, the first royal governor of New Hampshire, in 1761.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Railway officials on Monday confirmed plans to acquire private and public land along the corridor of a proposed 3.3-mile-long rail spur that would link the Omya quarry off Foote Street in Middlebury with the main line west of Otter Creek. They hope to start building the project during the spring of 2013.
To that end, Vermont Rail has formed a new entity, “Otter Creek Railroad,” to take the lead on a project estimated to cost upwards of $30 million and last two construction seasons.
VERGENNES — On March 1, residents of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton and Waltham will be offered a choice on how their towns will in the future fund the Bixby Free Memorial Library.
The Vergennes library, which serves the four towns as well as its host city, has always been listed on the Town Meeting Day ballot in each community as a charitable entity making a specific funding request — except in Vergennes, where aldermen have always included the library in their budget.
LINCOLN — Only tiny shoes were visible beneath a red and yellow papier-mâché dragon as students at Lincoln Community school wove down the hallway last Friday, leading the other students in a colorful parade past classrooms.
Students created the traditional Chinese New Year dragon to kick off the festival that marked the culmination of the school’s month-long unit on China.
For the entire month of January, students in kindergarten through fourth grade studied various aspects of Chinese history and culture to gain a greater understanding of the world outside Vermont.
BRISTOL — The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center, Vermont Community College and Vermont Adult Learning will see a fourth adult learning center joining their ranks in the near future.
But the Hogback Community College, based in the forests of the Five-Town region around Bristol, is not like other continuing education centers. For one thing, it has no building.
And students enrolled in the Hogback Community College won’t be receiving grades or even credit for the courses they take.