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Bristol Elementary seeks voter input on budget

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — The Bristol Elementary School board has taken steps to get feedback for a new spending proposal, laid out a timeline of public forums and set a date by which it hopes to warn a new budget vote.

Board members decided at their Monday evening meeting that they will host a community forum on Monday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the BES cafeteria, during which Bristol residents will split into small groups and answer questions posed by the board.

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Lawmakers, citizens debate renewable energy's future

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Renewable energy policy — particularly subsidies to firms that produce energy from renewable sources — was a point of debate among lawmakers and citizens at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Bristol. The event at the American Legion Hall also began with a moment of silence for the late Dr. Alan Ayer, who died suddenly on Friday, and was the husband of Sen. Claire Ayer (see story, Page 3A).

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Mount Abe board mulls options, seeks input

Posted on March 12, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School board took its first crack at developing a new budget proposal for the Bristol school Tuesday evening after voters in the five-town area rejected the initial draft on Town Meeting Day.

While board members did not decide whether to create a budget that is more or less expensive than the original spending plan, they did decide to solicit input from voters and staff to help make up their minds.

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Bristol School Board wants voter feedback on school spending

Posted on March 12, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — Three-dozen parents, teachers and community members packed the Bristol Elementary School library Monday evening to give their input to the school board on how it should draft a new budget proposal.

But board members did not discuss spending numbers that could appear in that proposal or set a date for citizens to vote on it.

Voters on Town Meeting Day rejected the original spending plan, which totaled $4.93 million, by a tally of 377 to 267.

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Town Meeting Wrap 2015: Bristol

Posted on March 4, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — Voters in Bristol this week approved municipal spending plans but rejected the proposed budgets for the elementary and high schools.

On Monday evening voters OK’d a budget of $714,041 for the town highway fund, $607,735 of which is to be raised by taxes. The highway fund sum is almost exactly the same as last year.

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ANeSU at odds with teachers over new contract

Posted on March 2, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — In just the first five minutes of this past Thursday’s public negotiations between the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union teachers’ union and the board of the Bristol-area schools, the public learned how far apart the two sides’ proposals are. In their opening statement, the teachers were frank in their disapproval of the board’s first contract draft.

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In break from tradition, ANeSU teacher negotiations now held in public

Posted on March 2, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — Facing each other across long rows of tables six feet apart at Mount Abraham Union High School on Thursday evening, Addison Northeast Supervisory Union teachers and school board members negotiated terms for a new collective bargaining agreement.

Hard to miss was a NEAT TV tripod and camera between the rows of tables — an unusual sight at a teachers’ contract negotiation.

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Aqua Vitea to move to Middlebury location

Posted on February 26, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — A local beverage company is moving out of Bristol, but will keep its operations in Addison County.

Aqua Vitea, the maker of the popular kombucha fermented tea, will be packing up and leaving the Bristol Works after less than two years in that space.

Founder Jeff Weaber said the company is moving to Middlebury in June, but said he likely won’t announce the exact location of the new facility until this spring, after all the details are finalized.

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Petition seeks firing of ANeSU superintendent

Posted on February 26, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — A group of community members is circulating a petition calling for the removal of Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent David Adams.

Koran Cousino, who said she was one of several community members who drafted the petition, said the group will deliver it to the ANeSU executive board at a later date.

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Town Meeting Preview 2015: Bristol

Posted on February 25, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — Voters in Bristol will convene on March 2 at 7 p.m. in Holley Hall to weigh in on the 20 articles on the town meeting warning.

The selectboard is asking townspeople to approve a budget that features spending $714,041 for the highway fund, $607,735 of which is to be raised by taxes. The highway fund sum is almost exactly the same as last year.

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