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ANeSU, ANwSU school boards regroup after budgets go down

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
By Zach Despart and Andy Kirkaldy



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.

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Rep. Sharpe pushes change in education through H.361

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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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.

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Photo Gallery: Town Meeting Day 2015

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By Trent Campbell



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ADDISON COUNTY — Photographer Trent Campbell snapped these shots at town meetings in Panton, Ferrisburgh, Shoreham and Salisbury.

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County voters reject five school budgets

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By Zach Despart and Evan Johnson



ADDISON COUNTY — Voters in the northern half of Addison County rejected five school budgets in two supervisory unions on Tuesday evening, a sign that voters remain frustrated with the rising costs of education taxes.

Residents rejected spending plans for Vergennes Union High School and Ferrisburgh Central School in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union, and three schools in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union: Mount Abraham Union High School, Monkton Central School and Bristol Elementary School.

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Substantial state spending cuts loom

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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WHITING — Town officials hoping for some sort of financial life preserver this year from the state for ailing municipal and/or school programs had better learn how to tread water.

That’s because local lawmakers on Monday served notice they are trying to erase a $112 million shortfall in the fiscal year 2016 state budget. And unlike past years, there is no federal stimulus money, nor better-than-anticipated tax revenues to close the gap.

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Town Meeting Recaps 2015 - See what voters decided in each town

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON COUNTY — Tuesday was Town Meeting Day, where residents in each of Addison County's 23 municipalities and Brandon gathered to debate issues and vote for budgets and town officers. Below is our recap for each town.

Addison

Brandon

Bridport

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Student of the Week - March 2, 2015

Posted on March 3, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.

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All nighters aren't what they once were

Posted on March 2, 2015 |
By Elsie Lynn



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“Most people have pulled an all-nighter — driving across country, cramming for a test, etc. So when you talk about sleep deprivation, most people will nod their heads and think they know what you’re talking about. But they don’t, I mean, not really,” explained Alexis Dubief, a mother of two boys. 

“When you have a baby, this little seven-pound love nugget is immediately the most important thing in the entire world,” she continued.

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Music event, 'Dog Jog' to benefit Homeward Bound

Posted on March 2, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound is planning some fundraisers and important services for pet owners during the coming months.

Middlebury’s Marquis Theater will be hosting a musical event on March 22, from 1 to 4 p.m., with proceeds going to Homeward Bound.

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