February 17th, 2014
Editor’s note: The writer send this letter originally to Addison County state Sen. Claire Ayer.
Hello, Ms. Ayer,
I met you at the top of the Crown Point Bridge during the opening celebration in 2012. I was pleased to meet you and feel I am well represented by you. Thank you for your service.
Again, Middlebury College tries to creep further into town. Have you any idea how much property they have appropriated? Before even thinking of voting for losing a marvelous classic building and giving up more land, get a list of what Middlebury College owns in town without being taxed.
Trying to squeeze the town property further into a small space behind the library is ridiculous — no parking, period, and the town gets smaller.
This week’s writer is William J. Mathis, managing director of the National Education Policy Center and a Goshen resident. He served as a Vermont superintendent of schools and taught education finance at the University of Vermont.
The school funding debate is particularly toasty this town meeting season. With some reason! Most observers agree that our per pupil education costs are among the highest in the nation. When compared to inflation or portion of the gross state product, however, the increases are much more modest.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police responded to a variety of incidents between Feb. 3 and 9, including an alcohol-related case at Northlands Job Corps and a suicide threat.
During that week, Vergennes police:
• On Feb. 3 dealt with a minor two-car accident in a Panton Road parking lot.
• On Feb. 3 directed traffic at a home fire on Third Street.
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FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents on Town Meeting Day will make a series of budget decisions that could have major impacts on town employees, who disagree with the selectboard on some issues, and also must decide to support school spending that would dramatically increase school tax rates.
They will also make decisions on races for town clerk and treasurer now that a write-in candidate has emerged to challenge the candidates who will be on the ballot, all of whom will be seeking to replace retiring Town Clerk and Treasurer Chet Hawkins.
VERGENNES — Two finalists for the post of Addison Northwest Supervisory Union superintendent will visit the district schools on Feb. 24, meet with the public during that afternoon, and sit with the ANwSU board that evening for final interviews.
They are Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union Superintendent JoAn Canning and former South Burlington Assistant Superintendent and Vermont School Board Association Director Winton Goodrich.
VERGENNES — Longtime Addison Central School Principal Wayne Howe, who has also served during this school year as the part-time Addison Northwest Supervisory Union assistant superintendent, said late last week that he has taken a job elsewhere and withdrew from consideration as the new ANwSU superintendent.
Howe’s decision, first made public in a Feb. 7 email to ANwSU staff members, predated this Tuesday’s announcement by the ANwSU superintendent search committee that it had identified two finalists for the job (see story, this page).