Study group backs Mt. Abe-ANWSD merger

The committee that has been studying the possibility of merging the Bristol-area Mount Abraham Unified School District and Vergennes-area Addison Northwest School District has decided that, yes, those two districts should become one.

ANWSD on path to sell Addison Central School

The town of Addison could once again own the Addison Central School (ACS) building this fall.

ANWSD summer programs full

After two summers with limited group activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two summer programs for kids in the Vergennes area quickly filled to capacity this year.

Cram bids adieu after 39 years at ANWSD

Longtime Addison Central School teacher Sharon Cram, who will wrap up her 42 years as an educator this spring after two years at Vergennes Union Elementary, wasn’t too sure about school, never mind teaching, when she first attended Mary Hogan Elementary i … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Pause advisable in merger study

Starksboro voters recently dealt a lethal, if not fatal, blow to the aspirations of a regional merger study committee to impose a full governance merger of the Mt. Abe and Addison Northwest school districts.

Letter to the editor: Let MAUSD & ANWSD explore collaborations first

Starksboro voters recently dealt a lethal, if not fatal, blow to the aspirations of a regional merger study committee to impose a full governance merger of the Mt. Abe and Addison Northwest school districts. In a stunning vote tally of 221 to 0, Starksbor … (read more)

ANWSD/MAUSD merger blueprint considers school closure

New draft articles of agreement would serve as the founding document for a proposed merger between the school districts in the northern half of Addison County.

ANWSD mulls return of Addison’s elementary school to the town

ADDISON/VERGENNES — The future of the former Addison Central School could be decided at the Addison Northwest School Board’s June 13 meeting, and one way forward could lead to Addison’s former elementary school building ending up back in the hands of the … (read more)

ANWSD students compete on History Day

Sixteen Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) students competed in the Vermont Historical Society’s annual Vermont History Day Contest, held in-person and virtually at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center on Saturday, April 2.

Key issue could threaten MAUSD-ANWSD merger

The ANWSD-MAUSD Merger Study Committee gave preliminary approval to an article of agreement that would allow a future merged district to close elementary schools if certain academic and financial conditions are met.

In light of new state policy, local schools reconsidering masks

After Gov. Scott recommended lifting school masking recommendations, some Addison County schools are making tentative plans to do so.

ANWSD to hand out $1K bonuses

VERGENNES — Almost all Addison Northwest School District employees who have been working at least 30 hours a week will be receiving $1,000 bonuses. The ANWSD board voted on Jan. 19 to pay out those bonuses to about 190 teachers, paraeducators, administrat … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Merger committee co-chairs explain the process

We know that many people have questions about the ANWSD/MAUSD Merger Study Committee. As non-school board committee members of the study committee, it has taken us some time to get up to speed on the issues and language of the work.

No contests, but Vergennes to see new faces in office

Barring write-in candidacies, there will be no races for major offices in Vergennes and its four surrounding towns, but four of the five communities will see new faces in office after the Town Meeting Day elections, while some long-serving officeholders h … (read more)

ANWSD budget up; tax drop is predicted

VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest School District Board has adopted a $22,327,585 spending plan for the next school year. If backed on Town Meeting Day, it would increase spending by 3.35% over the currently approved level. But in spite of the proposed hi … (read more)

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