Schools seeking workers: paras, subs & janitors in short supply

Public schools across Addison County have been hit by the same worker shortage that has affected most other Vermont employers. All local school districts are having difficulty hiring support staff and substitute teachers.

MAUSD sees spending fall but taxes rise

Mount Abraham Unified School District officials are anticipating a nearly 7% increase in per student spending for Fiscal Year 2024, driven by continued declining enrollment in the district and an increase in some expenses like healthcare premiums.

ACSD mulls capital bond in 2024

Addison Central School District (ACSD) directors on Monday began discussing the potential for a multi-million-dollar bond proposal to address repairs, deferred maintenance and code deficiencies within the ACSD’s nine school buildings.

North Branch students take a deep look at nature through drawing

All fall, every week, the 26 students in the Ripton school have been venturing outside with their science journals, drawing what they find in the woods, in the rivers, among the ferns and tree stumps, on the forest floor, or in the leaf-litter.

Lincoln prepares to offer supervisory union services

Some of the next steps for the LSD include staffing a central office, creating an FY24 budget for Lincoln residents to vote on next year, and finding additional funds to cover transition costs as the district works to get up and running.

ACSD FY24 budget could rise 7%

The fiscal year 2024 Addison Central School District budget will likely increase spending by 5-7% from the current year’s financial plan, ACSD Business Manager Matt Corrente told district board member on Nov. 14.

ACSD to consider increase in stipends for board members

The Addison Central School District (ASCD) board has begun discussing whether members are due a raise — particularly when one compares their $500 annual stipend to the nominal compensation other Vermont school directors receive.

Letter to the editor: Merger vote a major lesson

Perhaps an even bigger surprise came at the beginning of the Nov. 16 Board of Education meeting when the panel accepted Oliver Olsen’s resignation.

Letter to the editor: School district merger fans, foes share same goals

While we may disagree on solutions, we acknowledge our school districts face many difficult problems that are not easy to fix. 

ACSD still grappling with charter change

The Addison Central School Board has again deferred a decision on whether Middlebury-area residents should be able to vote on the potential future closure of any district schools.

State Board directs Lincoln to manage its own school services

The Vermont State Board of Education has determined the best way for Lincoln to provide students with supervisory union services like special education and transportation is to do so on its own. 

Letter to the editor: ACSD board member explains charter change views

I think it’s important to consider the perspective of someone who values the entirety of ACSD as much as citizens behind the Save Our Schools movement love their individual towns.

ANWSD, Mt. Abe merger rejected by nine towns

Voters in the nine towns making up the Addison Northwest and Mount Abraham Unified school districts on Tuesday voted 4,282-1,886 to oppose the merger of the two entities as a way to combat declining enrollment and rising overhead costs.

MAUSD launches safety systems assessment

The Mount Abraham Unified School District will soon begin assessing the systems it has in place for supporting students, an effort prompted by a series of incidents that occurred within the district last year and raised concerns about the safety of staff … (read more)

ACSD looking at $110M repair bill for school buildings

The ACSD board later this month will receive a major tutorial on the scope of basic capital improvements needed at the district’s seven elementary schools, along with Middlebury Union middle and high schools, based on a recent study of those buildings by … (read more)

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