New York educator with Vermont ties to lead ACSD

The Addison Central School District on Monday hired Wendy Baker to be its new superintendent beginning next July.

Letter to the editor: Our schools instill Vermont values

On February 2, 1936, exactly 45 years to the day before I was born, one of baseball’s greatest pitchers, Christy Matthewson, was officially voted into the inaugural class of the baseball Hall of Fame. To this day, Matthewson still holds the all-time World … (read more)

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.

ACSD sets 2022 school bus routes for Middlebury-area towns plus Granville & Hancock

Look up the bus routes your child will take to school this fall.

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/MAUSD merger committee in no hurry to discuss school closure policy

The group discussing the merger of Vergennes- and Bristol-area schools is not ready to commit to local control of elementary schools.

Ripton’s request for school services gets tougher

RIPTON — With the town of Ripton essentially home-free in its bid to separate from the Addison Central School District (see vote story), the tiny town now faces the huge task of finding an entity that could help it secure special education, transportation … (read more)

Addison to revote on ANWSD withdrawal

ADDISON — Addison residents have successfully petitioned for a revote on whether the town should leave the Addison Northwest School District.A petition containing 135 signatures, not all of which had been verified as of late Thursday afternoon, arrived at … (read more)

Schools seeing uptick in absenteeism

ADDISON COUNTY — There were more empty desks than usual in county classrooms after this past week’s Thanksgiving break. School officials said there were two reasons for what Addison Central School District Superintendent Peter Burrows called a “slight upt … (read more)

Local schools forgo post-Thanksgiving interrogations

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Monday’s Addison Independent newsletter and was updated Wednesday morning for the print edition. ADDISON COUNTY — Though the Vermont Agency of Education has given them the option to do so, officials in Addison C … (read more)

Vt. physicians: Prioritize our communities and protect schools

The American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, Vermont Academy of Family Physicians and Vermont Medical Society join Governor Scott and the Vermont Department of Health in calling on Vermonters to refrain from any social gathering in order to protect … (read more)

An easy-to-read map of COVID cases in schools

As in-person instruction goes on at area schools despite a raging pandemic, Vermont is tracking COVID cases among K-12 students and teachers. But the state’s data, provided in a weekly report, can be hard to read, and doesn’t include some of the most rece … (read more)

Schools receive OK to ramp up services

ADDISON COUNTY — Tuesday’s announcement by Secretary of Education Daniel French that Vermont schools would move on Saturday into Step 3 of their pandemic reopening will not necessarily mean immediate changes, but schools will have more options on the tabl … (read more)

ACSD unveils list of back-to-school rules

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury-area parents have been looking ahead to the start of school on Sept. 8 with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation. Returning to campus will represent a return to “normal” for many families, even if it’s only for two days each w … (read more)

As districts release reopening plans, some school officials are uneasy

District leaders began releasing plans last week for bringing students back this fall. But their proposals for reopening the state’s preK-12 schools diverge in significant ways, and some fear Vermont’s uncoordinated approach will require officials to go b … (read more)