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Students put 'maker' spin on science

Posted on June 8, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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MONKTON — Fifth-grader George Collette’s entreaty to come see the science experiment waiting outside the Monkton Central School gymnasium this past Thursday afternoon was hard to turn down.

“Have you ever seen a marshmallow fly?” he asked.

Outside on the pavement, he and his team scrambled to ready their contraption. Using a bicycle pump, a length of PVC tubing and lots of tape, they used air pressure from the pump to launch marshmallows, as well as their favorite projectiles — wadded tissues soaked in water.

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Voters reject Mount Abe, Bristol school budgets again

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — Voters in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union rejected two of the three school budgets up for consideration Tuesday. It is the latest chapter in a tumultuous spring for the district, which has also seen a citizens petition calling for the removal of the superintendent and a near-unanimous vote of no confidence in his leadership by the teachers’ union.

Residents rejected spending plans for Mount Abraham Union High School by a tally of 755 to 485, and Bristol Elementary School, 224 to 166.

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ANeSU voters reject 2 of 3 budget proposals up for consideration Tuesday

Posted on April 14, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — Voters in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union rejected two of the three school budgets up for consideration Tuesday.

Residents rejected spending plans for Mount Abraham Union High School by a tally of 755 to 485, and Bristol Elementary School, 224 to 166.

Monkton voters approved the budget for Monkton Central School by a narrow margin, 158 to 132.

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Monkton Central School board listens to community, mulls options for new budget

Posted on March 16, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



MONKTON — As the Monkton Central School board works on a new spending plan to put before voters, it is soliciting input from the community.

“We’re hopeful that we can find the path to the budget that’s going to be acceptable to voters by getting input from the community,” board member Marikate Kelley said late last week after the board’s Thursday evening school board meeting.

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Monkton aide wrapping up 39-year love affair with her job

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MONKTON — Lillian “Lil” Cota thought she was headed for a normal day at Monkton Central School on Tuesday. But the 39-year veteran instructional aide was in for quite the surprise when she arrived in the school’s gymnasium to a luncheon in her honor.

Relatives and colleagues of Cota, who is retiring at the end of this year, came to honor Cota for her service — and present her with an enormous strawberry cake.

After the celebration, the still-teary-eyed Cota sat down with the Independent to talk about her long career.

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Monkton aide wrapping up 39-year love affair with her job

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MONKTON — Lillian “Lil” Cota thought she was headed for a normal day at Monkton Central School on Tuesday. But the 39-year veteran instructional aide was in for quite the surprise when she arrived in the school’s gymnasium to a luncheon in her honor.

Relatives and colleagues of Cota, who is retiring at the end of this year, came to honor Cota for her service — and present her with an enormous strawberry cake.

After the celebration, the still-teary-eyed Cota sat down with the Independent to talk about her long career.

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Dance residency gets kids off their feet, moving to the beat

Posted on December 11, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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MONKTON — “Do you want to jump higher?” Karen Amirault shouts to the gymnasium full of Monkton Central School third- and fourth-graders.

The students, spread at arms’ length across the space, giggle and nod. Amirault presses play on an iPod hooked up to a set of speakers. The music begins and the students dance in unison, calling out their moves to stay on track.

The rehearsal goes off without a hitch, save for one boy who, despite valiant effort, is forced to pause midway to tie his shoelaces.

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Dance choreographer is the cream of the crop

Posted on December 11, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



MONKTON — Longtime choreographer Karen Amirault, who is wrapping up a nine-day residency at Monkton Central School this Friday, has been dancing for five decades.

Amirault grew up in Melrose, Mass., and has been a dancer from the age of four, when she began taking lessons in ballet.

“Ballet is like Latin — it’s an incredibly strong base for any kind of dance,” Amirault said.

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Monkton Central School regroups after half of teaching staff departs

Posted on June 24, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



MONKTON — Though 10 staff members will not be returning to the Monkton Central School next fall, Superintendent David Adams said the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union is well on its way to meeting the school’s staffing needs for the upcoming academic year.

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Educator retiring to help war-torn nation

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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MONKTON — At the end of today, Monkton Central School Assistant Principal and Special Educator Mary Gemignani will walk out the same doors she’s passed through for decades and set afoot on a new adventure.

She is leaving the Monkton school to blaze a new path through life and focus her energy on revitalizing education in the war-torn Liberian village of Klay — the same place that sparked the revered educator’s passion for teaching.

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