November 24th, 2010
VERGENNES — Residents of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns will almost certainly see school spending level off or drop during the 2011-2012 academic year.
But ANwSU officials said that after years of careful budgeting, reaching the full cost-cutting goal of Act 146, better known as the Challenge for Change, is not realistic in their district.
BRISTOL — Superintendent Evelyn Howard announced at a Monday school board meeting that as a whole, the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANeSU) will fail to meet spending reduction mark set by the Challenges for Change law passed in the last legislative session.
The law, formally known as Act 146, aims for every school in the state to reduce spending in 2011-2012 by 2 percent from what is budgeted in the current school year.
BRISTOL — The newly renovated Holley Hall will open its doors to the public from 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, to celebrate Bristol residents’ contributions to its new look.
The town offices will host tours, presentations and the unveiling of both the historic painted curtain and a time capsule.
“We wanted to show off the new renovations and give the public the opportunity to come in and see how their taxpayer dollars were spent,” said Carol Wells, a member of the selectboard and executive director of the Bristol Downtown Community Partnership.
LINCOLN — Lincoln Town Clerk Sally Ober loves walking and biking with her kids to school each morning, though she admits that the path that stretches from the center of town to the Lincoln Community School can be a treacherous one.
“We live about a mile or so from the school,” she said. “Certainly when they were little I would bike my kids there in the mornings and it’s a really narrow, scary path from town to school.”
It was Ober’s concern for the safety of her kids and their classmates that led her to apply for grant money to plan a better, safer path.
ADDISON COUNTY — The year 2010 proved not one to go down in the record books for the local high school boys’ soccer teams. All had bright moments, especially early in the season, but ultimately none finished above .500 or won a postseason game.
All four were buoyed by strong individual efforts from players who showed talent, leadership and positive attitude. They are recognized here in the 2010 Addison Independent Boys’ Soccer All-Star Team, including high-scoring Player of the Year Timo Krekeler, a Middlebury Union High School junior.
BRISTOL — As members of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union board entered Mount Abraham Union High School for a special meeting Monday night, they were greeted by halls lined with silent teachers holding signs with messages like, “Work with us” and “Negotiate!” scrawled across them in colored marker.
Once again, members of the Addison Northeast Educators Association teachers union rallied before the board in an attempt to keep teacher contract negotiations on the table.
Will Brandon continue to be part of the Addison senate district in 2012? This is probably the question with the greatest local impact as the process of redrawing Vermont’s legislative district lines for the next 10 years begins this winter.
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