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Lawmakers brace for many difficult budget decisions

Posted on February 17, 2011 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — As if health care reform weren’t shaping up as a tough enough challenge, lawmakers this session will participate in crafting a 2011-2012 state budget that is already facing a $176 million revenue shortfall.

Local legislators outlined some of the many looming budget challenges at a legislative breakfast on Monday at the Bristol American Legion headquarters.

House and Senate members are poring over a fiscal year 2012 budget draft that features a lot of cuts and some revenue adjustments.

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Challengers emerge for Mt. Abe board spot

Posted on February 17, 2011 |
By John Flowers



 

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Cheers Flowers closes its doors

Posted on February 17, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



 

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ANeSU teachers call off strike plans

Posted on February 10, 2011 |
By John S. McCright



BRISTOL — Students in the six Addison Northeast Supervisory Union schools were in class Wednesday, though just a few days earlier they were getting ready for an unwanted day off.

Feb. 9 was the strike date set by teachers in the five-town public school district, but the teachers called off the strike on Monday evening. They said they would finish up the school year under contract conditions that the ANeSU school boards imposed on Jan. 5 and begin negotiating a new contract that will begin next year.

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Breaking news: ANeSU strike averted

Posted on February 8, 2011 |
By John S. McCright



BRISTOL — The Addison Northeast Teachers Association on Monday night decided not to go on strike at the Bristol-area public schools. The teachers union had set Wednesday, Feb. 9, as the strike date.

“It has been called off,” said Darren Allen, a spokesman for the Vermont-NEA teachers union, Tuesday morning. “Teachers accept (the contract) imposition, and bargaining is going forward.”

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ANeSU strike still possible after boards, teachers meet

Posted on February 7, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — On Wednesday evening, negotiators from the six Addison Northeast Supervisory Union school boards and from the district’s teachers’ union met for more than five hours only to end up walking away from the table once again, having reached no settlement.

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Moyers runs for Bristol selectboard

Posted on February 7, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — John Moyers has thrown his hat in the ring along with incumbent John “Peeker” Heffernan for a two-year seat on the Bristol selectboard.

Both will be on the Town Meeting Day ballot in Bristol.

Moyers, who has yet to hold an elective office, has long been eyeing a spot on Bristol’s zoning board and planning commission, but after failing to get appointed to either, opted to try for the selectboard seat.

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Addison Northeast strike put on hold (Updated)

Posted on February 3, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



UPDATE 2/4/11: After the Independent went to press, a union representative clarified to the paper that the strike would only be put on hold if a settlement were reached.

Negotiations broke down on Wednesday evening, and on Thursday the teachers set a strike deadline of Feb. 9 unless the two groups could reach a settlement by then.

BRISTOL — It looks like a strike by the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union teachers has been avoided — for now.

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ANeSU rethinks budgeting process after big error

Posted on February 3, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — Addison Northeast Supervisory Union officials are trying to explain why, for the second year in row, a six-figure deficit has showed up on the school districts books six months after the close of the fiscal year.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Mount Abraham Union High School board, chairman Lanny Smith and Superintendent Evelyn Howard said district business manager Greg Burdick had made projections last June that poorly estimated Mount Abe’s revenues and expenditures for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

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Hogback aims to put 'community' in college

Posted on February 3, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center, Vermont Community College and Vermont Adult Learning will see a fourth adult learning center joining their ranks in the near future.

But the Hogback Community College, based in the forests of the Five-Town region around Bristol, is not like other continuing education centers. For one thing, it has no building.

And students enrolled in the Hogback Community College won’t be receiving grades or even credit for the courses they take.

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