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November 1st, 2010
MIDDLEBURY — The Mary Hogan Elementary School board wants the public to weigh in on approximately $235,000 in 2011-2012 budget cuts that would be necessary for the school to comply with the state’s “Challenges for Change” request.
The Vermont Legislature and Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca have asked the state’s school districts to prepare 2011-2012 budgets that reflect a 2-percent decrease in spending compared to this year. This Challenges for Change directive is designed to save around $23 million in overall education spending next year.
ADDISON — Addison selectmen and the town’s committee working on the future of Addison’s former town hall have continued working toward finding what it might cost to make the building functional and how the town might best use it.
At selectmen’s Oct. 5 meeting, town hall committee head John Spencer said the committee was just about ready to send out requests to architects for proposals to perform a “needs assessment” on the building, which stands on church property near the town clerk’s office.
The building currently lacks a septic system and needs restoration work.
BRANDON — The Middlebury Union High School football team completed an undefeated regular season and clinched the top seed in Division II on Saturday, when the Tigers defeated host Otter Valley, 41-14.
The 9-0 Tigers, unofficially, will host No. 4 Fair Haven (6-3 overall, 4-3 in D-II) on Friday night at Doc Collins field. The Tigers won at Fair Haven on Sept. 10, 32-13.
VERGENNES — At the Vergennes city council meeting this past Tuesday, aldermen discussed a suggestion by Deputy Mayor Randy Ouellette that the city offer senior citizens a discount on sewer bills.
In a Thursday interview, City Manager Mel Hawley said aldermen did not act, but indicated they might consider such a move in the future.
“That is something that is worthy of looking at it,” Hawley said.
One reason aldermen did not move immediately is because of an unknown expense in the sewer ledger — how much it will cost to remove sludge from the treatment plant’s septic lagoons.
Panther cross-country teams win league
CLINTON, N.Y. — The Middlebury College cross country teams swept the 2010 NESCAC cross country championships on Saturday at Hamilton. The Panthers’ men’s squad captured its first-ever NESCAC title, scoring 78 points to overcome four-time defending champ Williams. On the women’s side, Middlebury won for the 11th time and third straight, as the Panthers scored a championship-record 26 points with five runners in the top 10.
STATE BUDGET: We need to establish a truly collaborative working relationship among the Legislature, the administration, and the agencies and employees involved. We are in this together and must seek solutions that spread the sacrifices that are going to be necessary as fairly as possible. Pursuing economic growth policies will gradually lead to an increase in tax revenues.