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OVUHS likely to cut staff and programs

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center (PHCC) board will present county voters on Town Meeting Day with a 2009-2010 spending plan of $3,322,229, representing a 3.8 percent increase compared to the current year’s plan.

The per-pupil, district assessment (tuition rate) for students choosing to attend the PHCC is projected to increase to 5 percent to $10,271 — a hike of $493 per student.

PHCC offers 12 technical and six foundational programs in such things as agriculture, automotive, health careers, culinary arts and theater. The majority of students come from Middlebury, Mount Abraham and Vergennes union high schools, plus some students come from other union high schools and private schools and some are homeschooled.

The $121,620 overall budget increase is primarily associated with contracted salary and benefit increases, according to PHCC Director Lynn Coale. He noted the career center board and its teachers recently ratified a new, four-year agreement through which faculty will receive the same health insurance benefits they currently enjoy, along with annual increase of 4 percent in base pay (see related story). The contract retroactively includes the concluded 2007-2008 academic year.

“We’re certainly seeing increases in salaries reflective of the new master agreement, and an increase in energy costs,” Coale said on Thursday, the day after the PHCC school board approved the 2009-2010 budget proposal.

The main budget drivers, according to Coale, include an additional $118,238 in salary expenses; another $18,908 for “supplies and materials” (largely fuel); and a bump of $21,188 for equipment — primarily new computers, which are part of a five-year technology improvement plan.

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Career Center pegs spending hike at 3.8 percent

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center (PHCC) board will present county voters on Town Meeting Day with a 2009-2010 spending plan of $3,322,229, representing a 3.8 percent increase compared to the current year’s plan.

The per-pupil, district assessment (tuition rate) for students choosing to attend the PHCC is projected to increase to 5 percent to $10,271 — a hike of $493 per student.

PHCC offers 12 technical and six foundational programs in such things as agriculture, automotive, health careers, culinary arts and theater. The majority of students come from Middlebury, Mount Abraham and Vergennes union high schools, plus some students come from other union high schools and private schools and some are homeschooled.

The $121,620 overall budget increase is primarily associated with contracted salary and benefit increases, according to PHCC Director Lynn Coale. He noted the career center board and its teachers recently ratified a new, four-year agreement through which faculty will receive the same health insurance benefits they currently enjoy, along with annual increase of 4 percent in base pay (see related story). The contract retroactively includes the concluded 2007-2008 academic year.

“We’re certainly seeing increases in salaries reflective of the new master agreement, and an increase in energy costs,” Coale said on Thursday, the day after the PHCC school board approved the 2009-2010 budget proposal.

The main budget drivers, according to Coale, include an additional $118,238 in salary expenses; another $18,908 for “supplies and materials” (largely fuel); and a bump of $21,188 for equipment — primarily new computers, which are part of a five-year technology improvement plan.

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Chatfield closing chapter in career as literacy champion

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Let’s get the puns out of the way early.

Ilsley Public Library Youth Services Librarian Carol Chatfield has decided to close a long chapter in her professional life. She is ready to turn the page on a lengthy career. Her performance speaks volumes about what a learned, compassionate person can do to instill good reading habits in children.

There.

Now we can focus on Chatfield’s career, which has been far from a punch line. It has been 37 fruitful years of delivering the gift of literacy to thousands of children throughout Addison and Rutland counties.

But all good things must come to an end, and Chatfield has decided to retire from her duties as a librarian at the end of this month.

“I feel like I want to do something different,” Chatfield said on Thursday, as children of all ages cavorted through the rows of books in the Ilsley Library’s youth section.

“Change is not necessarily bad; it can be revitalizing,” she said.

Chatfield learned that first-hand — back in 1970, when she decided she had had her fill of her first career: Teaching. She’d been working as a French instructor at Waterbury Elementary School, but wasn’t happy about having only 15-minute sessions with her groups of students. Moreover, the children she was teaching had to take beginners’ French classes all over again when they began middle school.

“The idea of (teaching French) and then having to say, ‘I’m sorry, it doesn’t count, you have to go back to square one when you go to middle school’ didn’t appeal to me,” Chatfield said.

So, after one year as a teacher, Chatfield had come to a professional crossroads. She knew she wanted to continue working with children, but women of that era, it seemed, became either teachers or nurses — vocations in which she had no substantial interest.

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