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April 17th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Local lawmakers on Monday were unsure whether a sweeping bill calling for expansion of public school districts would receive final legislative approval before the 2014 session concludes in about three weeks.
The bill in question is H.883, which allows the state’s current 282 school to voluntarily realign into around 50 expanded K-12 districts. Each school district would be governed by a single board and operate on a single budget.
VERGENNES — In a packed high school library that has become characteristic of recent board meetings, the Vergennes Union High School board on Monday evening warned a new budget that will force administrators to lay off staff.
The spending proposal totals $9,417,197, which is $316,725 less than the budget Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters rejected on Town Meeting Day. It is also less than the budget for the current fiscal year.
NEW HAVEN — John Ben Modi stood solemnly in a neatly pressed gray suit, eyes closed, his right hand raised.
The Hon. Judge John M. Conroy, robed and bespectacled, read from a piece of paper on the podium in front of him.
“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty.”
Modi repeated the words.
MONTPELIER — If you’d told Otter Creek Brewing founder Lawrence Miller two decades ago that he would someday play a key role in Vermont’s effort to transition to a single-payer health care system, Miller would probably have wondered if you had consumed a little too much of his beer.
MIDDLEBURY — For a guy who wasn’t initially sure he wanted to be a journalist, Gabriel Sherman has had an illustrious career in the 13 years since he graduated from Middlebury College.
MIDDLEBURY — Bill Edson has spent his career helping people, whether it be coaching high school athletes, helping to heal hospital patients, providing aid to soldiers in harm’s way, or driving an ambulance to the scene of an accident.
Now, after six very productive years leading Middlebury Regional EMS, Edson has decided to make a detour in his professional life. He’ll still be helping people, though he’s finally decided to put down his stethoscope and turn in his ambulance keys.
BRISTOL — After two decades, Gaynell Lyman is finally coming home. The Mount Abraham Union High School board this month tapped Lyman, a native Vermonter who has been teaching in Virginia since the 1990s, as the next principal of the school.
For Lyman it’s a return that has been a long time coming.
“I was always looking to return,” Lyman said. “When I took the job in Virginia it was with the intention of getting experience to come back.”
VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their April 8 meeting heard from City Manager Mel Hawley that the city will lose one cell phone contract, from Nextel Partners, to hang broadcast equipment on the city’s former water tower behind city hall. The city now has four contracts that contribute about $100,100 a year to the Water Tower Fund that helps pay for downtown improvements.