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VUES http://www.addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/1220/all en VUES seeks 7.7 percent budget hike http://www.addisonindependent.com/201502vues-seeks-77-percent-budget-hike <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> VERGENNES &mdash; On Town Meeting Day voters in Vergennes, Panton and Waltham will be asked to approve a $4.7 million Vergennes Union Elementary School budget that would increase spending by about 7.7 percent over the current level of about $4.36 million.</p> <p> Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent JoAn Canning said the VUES board adopted that spending plan on the recommendation of administrators.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28601">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201502vues-seeks-77-percent-budget-hike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes budget vergennes VUES Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:07:03 +0000 Andy Kirkaldy 28601 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Vergennes elementary wins healthy school food challenge http://www.addisonindependent.com/201501vergennes-elementary-wins-healthy-school-food-challenge <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-28011" style="width: 171px;"><a href="/201501vergennes-elementary-wins-healthy-school-food-challenge"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/VUESlunch0148.thumbnail.jpg" alt="VUESlunch0148.jpg" title="VUESlunch0148.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="171" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> STUDENT VOLUNTEER IAN Henderson, left, staffer Lissa Gebo, parent volunteer Joaninho Kitoko and staffer Tricia Comeau work the lunch line at Vergennes Union Elementary School Tuesday morning. The school was recently recognized for its healthy living practices. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> VERGENNES &mdash; Vergennes Union Elementary School this month was honored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service with a HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze award, which the school received for its multi-year efforts to support and improve the health of its students.</p> <p> According to the School Challenge press release, VUES earned its honor, which comes with a $500 cash prize, for featuring healthy items on its menus and emphasizing physical education and activity. A USDA representative will visit VUES to make an official presentation.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28012">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201501vergennes-elementary-wins-healthy-school-food-challenge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes Featured VUES Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:21:18 +0000 Addison Independent 28012 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Staging a benefit concert is elementary for sixth-grader http://www.addisonindependent.com/201405staging-benefit-concert-elementary-brooks <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-23043" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201405staging-benefit-concert-elementary-brooks"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/AddyBrooks9830.thumbnail.jpg" alt="AddyBrooks9830.jpg" title="AddyBrooks9830.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERGENNES UNION ELEMENTARY School sixth-grader Addie Brooks is organizing a May 9 benefit concert at the Vergennes Opera House as a school project. She and other VUES fifth- and sixth-graders are all doing self-directed projects this year for the first time. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">VERGENNES &mdash; It&rsquo;s not unusual for Vergennes residents to stage benefit concerts at the Vergennes Opera House. For example, Main Street innkeeper Bill Walsh brings his former New York stage colleagues to the Little City annually for the well-received &ldquo;Broadway Direct&rdquo; shows.</span></p> <p> And at least one student, Vergennes Union High School&rsquo;s Matteo Palmer, now a senior, organized a 2012 event with local musicians to help fill the theater&rsquo;s coffers.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/23044">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201405staging-benefit-concert-elementary-brooks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes Addie Brooks Featured play VUES Thu, 01 May 2014 13:18:38 +0000 Zach Despart 23044 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Vergennes schools net $767,000 grant for afterschool, summer programs http://www.addisonindependent.com/201404vergennes-schools-net-767000-grant <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">VERGENNES &mdash; Although hurdles must still be cleared, the Vermont Department of Education has jointly awarded Vergennes Union elementary and high schools a five-year, $767,426 grant to establish an afterschool program at VUES, preserve and enhance the VUHS afterschool and summer school programs, and enhance the VUES summer school program.</span></p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/22926">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201404vergennes-schools-net-767000-grant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes Featured grant VUES VUHS Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:17:51 +0000 Zach Despart 22926 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Opinion: VUES Read-a-Thon helps children embrace literacy http://www.addisonindependent.com/201403opinion-vues-read-thon-helps-children-embrace-literacy <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Alexandria McGuire </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/22131">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201403opinion-vues-read-thon-helps-children-embrace-literacy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Reading VUES Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:08:12 +0000 Zach Despart 22131 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Longtime VUES educator to step down — but return http://www.addisonindependent.com/201306longtime-vues-educator-step-down-%E2%80%94-return <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-17328" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201306longtime-vues-educator-step-down-%E2%80%94-return"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/marilynwoods7755.thumbnail.jpg" alt="marilynwoods7755.jpg" title="marilynwoods7755.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERGENNES UNION ELEMENTARY School science, social studies and third-grade teacher Marilyn Woods is retiring after 44 years at the school. Woods will return to the school next year as a volunteer to run a student enrichment program. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> VERGENNES &mdash; After 49 years of teaching, 44 of those either full- or part-time at Vergennes Union Elementary School, Marilyn Woods will retire this month at the age of 72.</p> <p> Well, sort of. &nbsp;</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17329">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201306longtime-vues-educator-step-down-%E2%80%94-return" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes Featured VUES Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:05:17 +0000 John McCright 17329 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Kindergarten teacher took winding road to VUES job http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305kindergarten-teacher-took-winding-road-vues-job <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-17201" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201305kindergarten-teacher-took-winding-road-vues-job"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/DonnaEbel4055_0.thumbnail.jpg" alt="DonnaEbel4055_0.jpg" title="DonnaEbel4055_0.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERGENNES UNION ELEMENTARY School kindergarten teacher Donna Ebel, seated, is retiring after 21 years at the school. Ebel’s teaching assistant, Wanda Loven, standing, has worked with her for 20 years. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> VERGENNES &mdash; Unlike some longtime educators, Vergennes Union Elementary School kindergarten teacher Donna Ebel did not grow up convinced she wanted to spend her career working with students.</p> <p> Ebel followed a winding path to the VUES classroom that has been her professional home for the past 21 years and now for just a few days more &mdash; she will step down at the end of the school year.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17202">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201305kindergarten-teacher-took-winding-road-vues-job" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes Featured VUES Thu, 30 May 2013 13:55:04 +0000 John McCright 17202 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Voters OK Vergennes Union Elementary School budget http://www.addisonindependent.com/201303voters-ok-vergennes-union-elementary-school-budget <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Addison Independent </div> </div> </div> <p> VERGENNES &mdash; Voters in the three towns that send students to the Vergennes Union Elementary School approved a proposed spending plan by a margin of 447-322 on Town Meeting Day.&nbsp;</p> <p> The school budgeted $4.08 million in spending for the fiscal year that beginns July 1.</p> <p> Votes from Vergennes, Waltham and Panton are co-mingled, so results from the individual towns are not available.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/15757">full story</a></h4> Vergennes Panton VUES Waltham Wed, 06 Mar 2013 14:21:40 +0000 John McCright 15757 at http://www.addisonindependent.com School spending increases eyed for two ANwSU elementary schools, decrease at third http://www.addisonindependent.com/201301school-spending-increases-eyed-two-anwsu-elementary-schools-decrease-third <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> VERGENNES &mdash; The three Addison Northwest Supervisory Union elementary school boards recently adopted spending plans for the 2013-2014 academic year that in two cases would boost their budgets by close to 5 percent, and in the third case drop spending by almost 4 percent.</p> <p> The proposed Vergennes Union Elementary School (VUES) budget is up by 4.7 percent, while the Ferrisburgh Central School (FCS) board is seeking approval on Town Meeting Day for a 4.88 percent increase.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/15046">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201301school-spending-increases-eyed-two-anwsu-elementary-schools-decrease-third" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes ACS Addison FCS Featured Ferrisburgh school spending VUES Mon, 21 Jan 2013 17:00:53 +0000 Addison Independent 15046 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Vergennes elementary eyes 4.7 percent spending increase http://www.addisonindependent.com/201212vergennes-elementary-eyes-47-percent-spending-increase <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Andy Kirkaldy </div> </div> </div> <p> VERGENNES &mdash; The Vergennes Union Elementary School board on Monday night moved closer to adopting a 2013-2014 budget that would boost spending by 4.7 percent to a little less than $4.1 million.</p> <p> Board chairwoman Tara Brooks said on Tuesday the board would hold a special meeting during the second week of January to make final a plan that would increase spending by about $190,000.</p> <p> She said the board will probably adopt what they looked at on Monday.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re pretty confident of where we are now in terms or our numbers,&rdquo; Brooks said.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/14690">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201212vergennes-elementary-eyes-47-percent-spending-increase" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes ANwSU Featured Panton VUES Waltham Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:19:54 +0000 Addison Independent 14690 at http://www.addisonindependent.com VUES picks former pupil to be new school principal http://www.addisonindependent.com/201204vues-picks-former-pupil-be-new-school-principal <p> VERGENNES &mdash; The new Vergennes Union Elementary School principal has degrees from Middlebury College and the University of Vermont, is now serving as the president of the Vermont Principals&rsquo; Association and has nine years of administrative experience at Mount Abraham Union and Proctor Junior/Senior high schools.</p> <p> Those and other impressive bullet points on June Sargent&rsquo;s r&eacute;sum&eacute; helped her stand out among 16 candidates and three finalists for the job, said VUES board chairwoman Tara Brooks.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/11520">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201204vues-picks-former-pupil-be-new-school-principal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes education Featured principal VUES Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:12:57 +0000 Andy Kirkaldy 11520 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Lady Gaga poster nets award for Panton girl http://www.addisonindependent.com/201204lady-gaga-poster-nets-award-panton-girl <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-11485" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201204lady-gaga-poster-nets-award-panton-girl"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/VUESstudent0829_0.thumbnail.jpg" alt="VUESstudent0829.jpg" title="VUESstudent0829.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> VERGENNES UNION ELEMENTARY School fourth-grader Kathryn Wyckoff, left, and her classmates Riley Becher, Eleni Brouillard and Addie Brooks look at the plaque Wyckoff won last week for her Women’s History Month poster design. The design competition for Vermont fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders was sponsored by the Federal Women’s Program Council of Vermont. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p> VERGENNES &mdash; Vergennes Union Elementary School fourth-grader Kathryn Wyckoff has always loved to read, write and paint, and for the past year or so has worn a feather in her hair.</p> <p> Thanks to those language and artistic skills, Kathryn now has a feather in her cap, too.</p> <p> Kathryn, a 10-year-old Panton resident, just won a statewide student poster contest sponsored by the Federal Women&rsquo;s Program Council of Vermont.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/11470">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201204lady-gaga-poster-nets-award-panton-girl" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Panton award education Featured VUES Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:48:07 +0000 Andy Kirkaldy 11470 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Court upholds Vergennes election recount http://www.addisonindependent.com/201203court-upholds-vergennes-election-recount <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; Addison County Superior Court Judge Helen Toor on Thursday ruled against incumbent Vergennes Union Elementary School board director Cheryl Brinkman&rsquo;s appeal of her 239-238 Town Meeting Day election loss to challenger Susan Ferland.</p> <p> That tally had been confirmed by a March 12 Board of Civil Authority recount, but city officials also acknowledged a transcription error that day resulted in confusion over the total amount of votes cast.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/11254">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201203court-upholds-vergennes-election-recount" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury courts election Featured school board Town Meeting Day 2012 vergennes VUES Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:51:09 +0000 Andy Kirkaldy 11254 at http://www.addisonindependent.com VUES vote recount gets March 22 court date http://www.addisonindependent.com/201203vues-vote-recount-gets-march-22-court-date <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; The next stop for the one-vote Town Meeting Day election win posted by Vergennes challenger Susan Ferland over incumbent Vergennes Union Elementary School board director Cheryl Brinkman was set to be in a Thursday morning hearing in Addison County Superior Court.</p> <p> On March 6, Ferland, a former Addison Central School teacher, edged Brinkman, a VUES board chairwoman and Addison Northwest Supervisory Union board member, 329-328, in a race for a seat on the VUES board.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/11210">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201203vues-vote-recount-gets-march-22-court-date" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury courts education school board VUES Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:00:37 +0000 Andy Kirkaldy 11210 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Longtime VUES head to step down http://www.addisonindependent.com/201202longtime-vues-head-step-down <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-10792" style="width: 151px;"><a href="/201202longtime-vues-head-step-down"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/sandybassett6976.thumbnail.jpg" alt="sandybassett6976.jpg" title="sandybassett6976.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="151" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SANDY BASSETT WILL step down in June from his job as principal at Vergennes Union Elementary School. Bassett has spent 13 years at VUES and 38 years in education. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p> VERGENNES &mdash; After 38 years in public education and 25 years as a school principal &mdash; the past 13 at Vergennes Union Elementary School &mdash; VUES Principal Sanford &ldquo;Sandy&rdquo; Bassett will step down from his post at the end of this academic year.</p> <p> Bassett, a Greenwich, N.Y., native who will turn 60 in June, insisted that he is not retiring, but that it is time for new challenges after nearly four decades on the job.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/10793">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201202longtime-vues-head-step-down" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes education VUES Mon, 13 Feb 2012 20:00:04 +0000 Andy Kirkaldy 10793 at http://www.addisonindependent.com