H.727 changes town withdrawal process

Gov. Phil Scott signed bill H.727 into law on June 7, forcing a handful of Addison County towns to navigate slight changes to the process of withdrawing from their existing school district.

Planning intensifies for a new Ripton school district

Very preliminary budget modeling by the Ripton School District board indicates the town might be able to run its own K-12 public education system for an education property tax rate of $2.06 per $100 in property value during the 2023-2024 academic year — t … (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.

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.

Starksboro votes to leave MAUSD

More than 200 registered voters turned out at the Robinson Elementary School multipurpose room to vote from the floor on a proposal to exit the Mount Abe school district, and the overwhelming majority said “yes” when the question was finally asked.

Letter to the editor: Vote ‘yes’ for Robinson Elementary

In just a couple of weeks, Starksboro voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on the future of Robinson Elementary School.

State hears Lincoln bid to leave the MAUSD

“We still have a lot of work to do on our journey here,” said James Warnock, who along with SCS colleague Paul Forlenza helped represent Lincoln’s interests before the VSBE on Wednesday.

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.

Proposed bill raises bar for school district withdrawal

Supporters of efforts by Lincoln and Starksboro to withdraw from the Mount Abraham Unified School District are casting wary eyes on a bill in the Legislature that would substantially change the rules governing towns’ exits from school district.

Editorial: A rewrite for more consolidation

In the political tussle pitting small schools against districts that want to close them, a newly devised bill, H.727, intentionally works against the effort to preserve Vermont’s smaller schools — even when those communities overwhelmingly vote to support … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Former MAUSD worker urges care

All elementary students in MAUSD benefit from the sharing of ideas and expertise among schools. The loss of any one school is a loss to the whole district.

Starksboro pursues exit from MAUSD

Another Mount Abraham Unified School District community has officially launched a campaign to withdraw from the district.

Letter to the editor: New rules bad for rural schools

I’ve just heard that members of the House Education Committee are trying to sneak anti-small school rules into a larger bill dealing with union and supervisory school district structure.

Letter to the editor: ACSD parents seeks clarity on district vision

Addison Central School District, what is your vision?

Editorial: Votes demonstrate the populist appeal of self-determination

From an editor’s perspective, the school board elections in Addison Central School District and the decision by the four-member towns of the Mount Abraham Unified School District to approve Lincoln’s exit from the district were the most noteworthy of this … (read more)

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