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March 26th, 2014
VERGENNES — Members of the Vergennes Union High School board discussed for two and a half hours Monday evening how to draft a budget that would be palatable to voters, but they did not reach consensus on how, or if, to cut spending. The board also could not find common ground on how to retire the deficit from last year, and a looming deficit at the end of this year.
“I think this problem is way bigger than what we can do in this room tonight,” board member Laurie Childers said. “We have a very serious problem.”
MONKTON — The Monkton Central School board unanimously renewed the contract of its principal on Monday during a special meeting.
Susan Stewart, who has been the principal at the school since 2010, will continue to head the school next year.
School board chair Dawn Griswold issued a statement Tuesday morning explaining the board’s choice.
MIDDLEBURY — In addition to learning about Middlebury College’s intention to turn over land behind Ilsley Library to the town for development, the Middlebury selectboard at their meeting on Tuesday also discussed a number of other issues — most notably a proposed natural gas pipeline.
MIDDLEBURY — On Tuesday, April 1, Gabe Sherman, a contributing editor at New York magazine and a 2001 graduate of Middlebury College, will speak at the college about his just published book on Fox News and Roger Ailes, the president of Fox New Channel and an advisor to Republican presidents.
Sherman’s new book is titled “The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News — and Divided a Country.”
MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday warned about the potential legal consequences of overhauling the state’s education finance system and expressed his priorities for a single-payer health care system that could be in place as soon as 2017.
Shumlin made his comments during an interview at the Addison Independent. The governor also appeared on Monday at a legislative luncheon at the Middlebury Legion (see related story on Page 1A) at which he was challenged on his support for the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project.
MIDDLEBURY — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will host a first of its kind tele-town hall meeting Sunday, which will include a film screening followed by a question-and-answer session about income inequality in the United States.
“In my view, the issue of income and wealth inequality is the great moral, economic and political issue of our time,” Vermont’s junior senator said in an interview Monday.
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center Chief Executive Officer James L. Daily has confirmed he will retire from his position by early 2016, after what will have been 32 years at the helm of the county’s top health care organization that he has helped transform. Daily, 59, confirmed his planned departure through a recent letter to Porter employees.
He has pledged to participate actively in the leadership transition.
The Addison Independent next week will run a longer article on Daily’s time at the medical center.
BRISTOL — Organizers of the Bristol Green Playground Project say they need to raise an additional $25,000 to fully fund construction of a new playground on the town green.
The group, called the Bristol Green Playground Committee, hopes to raise the funds by the end of April.