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January 21st, 2013
MIDDLEURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union superintendent will soon see a reduction in evening meetings, thanks to a new schedule endorsed by the ACSU board on Jan. 16.
The superintendent is currently accountable to nine boards, including one each representing the seven elementary schools within the ACSU, plus the UD-3 board that oversees Middlebury Union middle and high schools, and the ACSU board. This has made for a rigorous meeting schedule that ACSU directors acknowledge is hampering current efforts to recruit a new superintendent (see related story).
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School boys’ basketball team started and finished strong on Saturday, and it was enough to turn back visiting Mount Abraham, 52-37, and give the Otters two wins in two nights after an 0-8 start.
The Otters opened by dominating inside during an 18-3 run, but hard work and a switch in defensive tactics allowed the Eagles to claw their way back, and they trailed by just four at 4:50 in the final period.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball play in the latter half of last week, Middlebury continued its winning ways, Otter Valley broke through for its first victory of the season, and Mount Abraham came up short on the road.
The Otters also hosted the Eagles on Saturday night; see story. Vergennes was idle, and returns to action on Wednesday, when the 11-0 Commodores will host Milton.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/19 MUHS vs. Brattleboro ..................... 4-0
1/19 Rutland vs. MUHS........................... 7-2
1/17 Mill River vs. Mt. Abe................... 58-48
One of Gov. Shumlin’s most far-reaching, and controversial, proposals in his State-of-the-State Address was suggesting the state divert $16.7 million from a tax credit for low-income Vermonters to fund a doubling of child care subsidies for low-income residents.
Critics of the proposal have fallen back on an old refrain: that it doesn’t make sense to rob Peter to pay Paul. Why reduce one subsidy that helps Vermont’s poor, and allocate those same funds into another program?
This week’s writer is Sandra Levine, senior attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation.
The Time is Right for Affordable Heat
Vermont is poised to take a big bite out of the high cost and pollution of heating our homes and businesses. Slashing a full one-quarter of both lies within our reach. Now is the time to act.
MIDDLEBURY — As the Middlebury College administration gears up to hold a symposium to discuss the college’s endowment policies and practices next Tuesday, student activists and Scholar in Residence Bill McKibben will get a bit of a jump on the process with their own divestment event this Sunday.
The college will kick off a formal process to consider divesting its endowment from fossil fuels and arms manufacturers with a major “Do The Math” event at Mead Chapel on Jan. 20 from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
MONTPELIER — Addison County lawmakers are again positioned to be “impact players” in shaping this year’s legislative agenda, according to recently announced House and Senate committee assignments.