ANWSD board opts for bigger budget

Residents of the five towns in the Addison Northwest School District in March will vote on a proposed $28,982,078 spending plan for the 2024-2025 (FY25) school year. If approved on Town Meeting Day, it would increase spending by about $3.68 million, or 14.5%, over the budget backed by ANWSD voters in 2023.

School funding changes are possible

It is possible there could be 11th-hour changes to Vermont’s school-funding laws. 

Mount Abe sees rise in school spending

The Mount Abraham Unified School District board on Tuesday adopted a $37,014,566 budget for fiscal year 2025 that, if approved by voters in March, would increase total spending by $3,145,666, or 9.29% over the current year. 

Career Center seeks 10.7% budget hike

Most Addison County residents on March 5 will be asked to support a fiscal year 2025 Patricia Hannaford Career Center spending plan of $5,345,539, reflecting a 10.7% increase compared to the current (FY’24) budget.

‘Perfect storm’ hits ACSD spending plan

A perfect storm of expiring federal aid, inflation, rising fixed costs, new state legislation and spiraling real estate values is conspiring to make for the most challenging budget year in the relatively short history of the Addison Central School Distric … (read more)

MAUSD board will have three openings

The Mount Abraham Unified School District Board will welcome at least a few new faces this spring, as three longtime board members have decided they will not seek re-election when their terms expire in March. 

Top Ten 2023: Good news on the childcare front

In June, the Vermont Legislature passed a sweeping childcare bill that would invest $125 million a year of new funding into the state’s childcare sector, making it one of the most expansive systems in the nation.

Top Ten 2023: Racist incidents occur at schools

Local schools grappled with racist incidents directed at both students and educators and considered ways to foster more welcoming and inclusive learning communities moving forward. 

Top Ten 2023: College aims to offer real-world, accessible education

How does an esteemed educational institution continue to prepare its students for life after graduation in an ever-changing, complex world? It evolves. 

Top Ten 2023: How we fund our schools

Addison County residents showed strong support for public education on Town Meeting Day, when all local school budgets passed, four out of five by large margins.

Nicole MacTavish settles in at Hannaford Career Center

It’s been a major change of scenery, but Nicole MacTavish loves her new view.

Racist incident at Bristol Elementary sparks response

Over three dozen community members stood before the Mount Abraham Unified School Board on Tuesday, united in their plea for district officials to instate anti-racist education for teachers and staff and curriculum for students following a recent incident … (read more)

New Lincoln superintendent ready for work ahead

When Amy Cole takes the reins of the Lincoln School District in January, it will be as much a homecoming as a fresh start for the new superintendent. 

VUHS group starts tough conversations

The Vergennes Union Middle/High School student group Full Send led a community event on Thursday, Dec. 14, that brought together community members, parents, students and school staff for a discussion of the topic “How to Hold a Conversation: What’s Going … (read more)

MAUSD board chair clarifies situation

I’m writing to bring you up to speed on a couple of district issues and to provide information about several noteworthy developments in our school system.