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Opinion: ACSU governance change will be smooth transition

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Tracey Harrington



We are in the midst of significant political movement in our state as towns continue to deliberate around school funding and school board configuration. In an attempt to follow through with campaign promises about controlling school spending and reducing property taxes, last spring the Legislature passed a rather messy and confusing Act 46.

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Opinion: Unified board candidate has solid, diverse background

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Perry Hanson



Why vote for Perry Hanson?

1. Here’s what I stand for: I believe in student-centered, active learning, and I believe that we can always improve education, that we must educate every child, that we can always work smarter, and that we must support our teachers. I also believe in educating the head, the heart and the hands to teach life-long learning skills, to internalize compassion and to learn to appreciate the dignity of labor.

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Opinion: Energy committee conducting transportation survey

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By RJ Adler



Middlebury residents, have you checked in with our Energy Committee recently? We are working with Go! Vermont to put together a transportation survey for folks in Middlebury. We’d like to get a better sense of how you go places. This will help us design and target transportation solutions to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Your answers can help us shift the transportation choices available in order to put money back in your pocket. The purpose of the survey is to gain an understanding of your transportation practices and needs.

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Opinion: Selectboard candidates helped Middlebury to grow

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Scott and Marilyn Needham



What a wonderful gift to be born and raised in Middlebury and then to be able to retire here during a time of community revitalization.

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Opinion: Police presence unwarranted at PSB proceeding

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Mary Martin



I’m not sure how to even start this but I feel I need to let you know how I felt when I attended the Public Service Board hearing on Friday. I went to show my support for the Cuenos who are facing the challenge of eminent domain.

I walked into the vestibule and was confronted by three armed policemen. It is a small space and they seemed intent on not letting me pass freely. They asked why I was there and they checked me over like bomb-sniffing dogs. I inquired what was going on because the tension was palpable. I received no answer.

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Opinion: ACSU unification process rushed, undemocratic

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Laurie Cox



In spite of many gung-ho statements by those involved in the process, I view the move to consolidation of our school district, Addison Central Supervisory Union, as a real decline in democracy. While none of the towns were interested in forming a “regional educational district” just a few years ago, we now have an essentially forced merger being put into effect. The significant monetary incentives push us to make it happen immediately with little opportunity for reflection.

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Opinion: Language is misleading on school budget ballots

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Laurie Childers



 This year (at the voting booth in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union) “More is Less.” That means, even though per pupil spending is calculated as being MORE, the property tax rates are actually LESS than last year.

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Opinion: ACSU merger offers flexibility for all types of learners

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Jason Duquette-Hoffman



Recently, I have been working alongside fellow school board members, administrators and members of our community to wrestle with all of the various aspects of unifying the governance of our elementary schools. This work has been grueling, challenging, invigorating and tedious. But it also represents an exciting opportunity to re-envision how we educate our kids. Some of you, who may remain unconvinced that this is the right path, the right moment, the right place, may already be skeptical of what I have to say. Please, stay with me. Because, really, I hear you.

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Opinion: Support sought for Brandon's annual fireworks show

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Debbie Boyce



The Brandon Independence Day Celebration Committee is a small, fluid group of volunteers who organize and raise funds for Brandon’s two-day Independence Day celebration. In its 40-year history, this event has evolved into a major attraction for thousands of tourists, our citizens, neighbors and friends.

The Brandon Parade is considered to be the best small town parade in Vermont. It is held on the first Friday and Saturday of July; in 2016 that will be July 1 and 2, and we expect it to be bigger and better than ever.

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Opinion: Experienced school director seeks unified board seat

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Rick Scott



My wife Robin and I have been active members of the Bridport community for the last 15 years; the two youngest of our five children are currently Middlebury Union High School students. The Bridport position I seek is a one-year term that coincides with the first and formative year of the new district.

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