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ANeSU strike still possible after boards, teachers meet

Posted on February 7, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — On Wednesday evening, negotiators from the six Addison Northeast Supervisory Union school boards and from the district’s teachers’ union met for more than five hours only to end up walking away from the table once again, having reached no settlement.

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Moyers runs for Bristol selectboard

Posted on February 7, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — John Moyers has thrown his hat in the ring along with incumbent John “Peeker” Heffernan for a two-year seat on the Bristol selectboard.

Both will be on the Town Meeting Day ballot in Bristol.

Moyers, who has yet to hold an elective office, has long been eyeing a spot on Bristol’s zoning board and planning commission, but after failing to get appointed to either, opted to try for the selectboard seat.

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Addison Northeast strike put on hold (Updated)

Posted on February 3, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



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.

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ANeSU rethinks budgeting process after big error

Posted on February 3, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



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.

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Hogback aims to put 'community' in college

Posted on February 3, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



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.

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Bristol area teachers set strike date

Posted on January 31, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — Addison Northeast Supervisory Union teachers voted on Thursday to strike on Feb. 9 unless the committee negotiating on behalf ANeSU school boards agrees to return to the negotiating table to reach a settlement.

Teachers are currently working under the imposed contract terms voted on by ANeSU board members on Jan. 5. Now teachers are urging board members to reopen contract negotiations for the remainder of the 2010-2011 school year.

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Landfills in Bristol and Salisbury undergoing changes

Posted on January 31, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — On Feb. 10, a public meeting will be held in Bristol to discuss the town’s application to the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation for two variances concerning the operation of its Pine Street landfill.

According to Town Administrator Bill Bryant, the state has changed the way in which it interprets its regulations regarding the operations of municipal landfills. The new interpretation would require the town of Bristol to build enough money into the budget to cover closure fund obligations — an amount that nears $1 million, Bryant said.

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ANeSU teachers turning up the heat

Posted on January 27, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



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BRISTOL — “We’d rather talk than walk,” read the signs that a group of more than 100 teachers in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union held up along Main Street in downtown Bristol on Monday and Tuesday afternoons.

Despite sub-zero temperatures on Monday, members of the Addison Northeast Education Association (ANEA) picketed as planned in hopes that their demonstration might bring the ANeSU school boards back to bargaining table. 

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Bristol business park back in play

Posted on January 20, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — The heart of the Bristol village may be pumping with a little more economic energy soon.

Local businessman Kevin Harper at Monday’s selectboard meeting rolled out the plan for Bristol Works! LLC, a project slated to redevelop the former Autumn Harp plant on Pine Street and turn it into mixed-use property that ultimately will include a health clinic, school district offices, light manufacturing and housing units.

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Bristol kids stay late — for fun

Posted on January 20, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



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BRISTOL — What’s got students at Bristol Elementary School staying after class for hours each day?

The answer lies in just four letters: B-A-S-K.

This fall, the two-decade-old Bristol After School Kids program, known locally as BASK, received a 21st century makeover. New workshops like acoustic guitar lessons, yoga and tech club are getting kids involved and excited about the program that has been ramped up thanks to a five-year, 21st Century Learning grant that Bristol Elementary was awarded this school year.

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