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March 9th, 2015
I hope this Superintendent David Adams drama in Bristol is not déjà vu, but it is playing out much like the South Burlington Superintendent Gail Durckel’s $104,000 goodbye deal back in 2006.
I find it hard to believe that Dawn Griswold, chairman of both the Mount Abe and Monkton school boards, has no insight as to why those budgets were not passed. At Mount Abe’s annual meeting, the audience was seething with discontent for the lack of communication and transparency, and unwillingness of the superintendent’s office to share the burden of a leaner budget.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department in February dealt with a host of mostly minor incidents, including domestic disturbances, drunk drivers and fighting students. They also ticketed or towed motorists who continue to defy the town’s winter parking ban on some streets.
Sarah Blacker, Boston’s “Sundress Rocker,” comes back to Brandon Music for a release party for her new album, “In Waves,” on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. before embarking on a national tour. The album is Blacker’s strongest songwriting and playing to date. The songs artfully span rock, pop, indie, folk and Americana fused together with her signature vocal sound and stacked vocal harmonies.
ADDISON COUNTY — Five school boards in northern Addison County will meet in the coming weeks to draft new budget proposals after voters said “no” to initial proposed spending plans on Town Meeting Day.
The Vergennes Union High School board will meet on Monday at 6 p.m. in the school library to consider its next move. Its $10.47 million budget proposal lost, 831-718, on Town Meeting Day, with close votes in all of the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns except Ferrisburgh, which voted against the proposal, 328-243.
MIDDLEBURY — The ID-4 school board on March 4 rejected two citizens’ petitions seeking to change the date of the district’s annual meeting and the method by which the Mary Hogan Elementary School budget is voted, but the panel unanimously agreed to place two articles on ID-4’s April 8 meeting warning that would accomplish the same changes sought by the petitioners.
ADDISON COUNTY — Rep. David Sharpe doesn’t give off the aura of a salesman. His elbow-patched blazers may echo Willy Loman, but the soft-spoken, veteran legislator isn’t in the business of sweet-talking his way to a few bucks.
But however unnatural it may come to him, selling was exactly what Sharpe set out to do at town meetings in his district this week. It’s not goods the Bristol Democrat is hawking, but an education bill that would drastically change the organization of Vermont’s schools and alter how they are governed.
CORNWALL — Anne Collins didn’t think she was wired to be a baker — or a cookbook author, for that matter. She had spent her professional career as a civil engineer, working for Dow Chemical and eventually in the aerospace industry.