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Delayed votes on reduced Vermont school budgets set for April
03-29-2024 6:00 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

Seven Upper Valley school districts will hold budget votes between now and April 15 in an extended budget season plagued by soaring education costs and uncertainty about the tax impacts of school spending.Since rescinding their previously approved...


Budget cut discussion on Hartford School Board agenda
03-26-2024 7:31 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — The School Board Wednesday night will address a revised budget that slashes teaching and staff positions and delivers a gut punch to the athletic department, eliminating four sports programs.The new budget also postpones the search for a...


$150 million bequest expands financial aid for Dartmouth’s middle class students
03-25-2024 6:07 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HANOVER — Dartmouth College has received a $150 million bequest from the estate of Glenn and Barbara Britt that will fund financial aid awards for undergraduates and scholarships for students in the Tuck School of Business Administration.It is the...


Snowmaking at Oak Hill ‘game-changer’ for skiers
03-22-2024 8:00 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HANOVER — New Hampshire had its warmest winter on record this year, but cross-country skiers in the Upper Valley have enjoyed snow-covered trails into March thanks to recent upgrades at the Oak Hill Outdoor Center.For the first time in its history,...


Hartford plan to hang banners honoring veterans sparks debate
03-21-2024 6:12 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — A plan to install banners honoring military veterans on light poles in downtown White River Junction inspired heated disagreement during the public comment portion of a Selectboard meeting this week.Residents and board members weighed in on...


Woodstock school officials plan for another vote on school building proposal
03-19-2024 5:34 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

WOODSTOCK — The Mountain Views Supervisory Union hopes to put another school building bond proposal before voters within the next few months, following the defeat of a $99 million request on Town Meeting Day.The original bond was for the construction...


Family of late West Lebanon woman grateful for community’s help
03-19-2024 4:51 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

WEST LEBANON — Mardrey Swenson loved the Upper Valley.She and her husband, Dr. Rand Swenson, first moved to the region in 1990. They raised three children here.“We always knew the area was special, but it became doubly special with the outpouring of...


Hartford cuts teachers as part of $2.1 million budget reduction
03-14-2024 8:33 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — The School Board approved a revised budget Wednesday that would cut 22 teaching and support staff positions to the disappointment of the teachers union.Superintendent Tom DeBalsi noted that 16 of the positions are currently vacant due to...


Orford voters oust Selectboard chairman; seek better town communication
03-13-2024 5:43 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

ORFORD — Selectboard Chairman John Adams was soundly defeated in his bid for a fifth term at Tuesday night’s annual Town Meeting, losing to longtime resident Larry Taylor, 238-155.In another contested race, interim board member Kevin Follensbee fended...


Rivendell delays annual school meeting, elections and budget vote
03-12-2024 7:30 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

ORFORD — The Rivendell School Board met Monday to delay the date of the district’s annual meeting, which had been improperly warned.Originally scheduled for March 23, the meeting will now take place on April 13 at 10 a.m. at Rivendell Academy in...


Lebanon hires interim middle school principal
03-11-2024 8:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

LEBANON — Longtime educator Tom Harkins became interim principal of the Lebanon Middle School earlier this month.Superintendent Amy Allen made the announcement in a recent letter to parents and guardians in which she praised his expertise and passion...


Orford Selectboard candidates seek to bring end to contentiousness
03-08-2024 6:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

ORFORD — Old rivalries have resurfaced in this town of 1,200 as four candidates compete for two Selectboard seats at Tuesday’s annual Town Meeting. In ballot voting, Selectboard Chairman John Adams squares off against longtime Orford resident Larry...


Voters reject $99 million bond for new Woodstock high school
03-06-2024 10:39 AM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

WOODSTOCK — A $99 million bond proposal for the construction of a new middle and high school building in Woodstock failed by 340 votes in Town Meeting Day balloting in the supervisory union’s seven towns.Voters rejected the school building bond...


Sharon reduces school budget and sticks with three-member board
03-05-2024 6:31 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

SHARON — The approximately 90 residents gathered in Sharon Elementary School’s gymnasium Monday night voted to reduce the school budget and rejected a petition to increase the size of the School Board.Voters also reelected Will Davis to his second...


Head Start preschools close in White River Junction and Windsor
03-04-2024 7:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

WINDSOR — Staffing shortages will leave Windsor and White River Junction without Head Start preschools next year.Southeastern Vermont Community Action, or SEVCA, which administers Windsor County’s Head Start preschool programs, announced the closures...


Windsor Southeast school boards make cuts to reduce tax hikes
02-29-2024 8:00 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTLAND — Each board within the Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union is playing its part in a last-minute effort to reduce demands on the state education fund in what has become a zero-sum game of educational funding this year.School budget votes for...


Four vie for three seats on Hanover School Board
02-27-2024 9:01 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HANOVER — The four candidates vying for three seats on the Hanover School Board all share a focus on inclusivity and a commitment to community service.Incumbents Deborah Bacon Nelson and Kelly McConnell look to retain their seats, while Marcela Di...


Windsor Black History Month event speaker seeks to engage audience in conversation
02-26-2024 8:31 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

WINDSOR — Famous figures such as Martin Luther King and George Washington Carver are often the faces of Black History celebrations. But in a talk this week in recognition of Black History Month, Joe Major wants to focus on people his audience probably...


Some Upper Valley school districts postpone budget votes amid changes in Vermont’s funding formula
02-23-2024 5:35 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — On Feb. 12, the Mount Ascutney School Board became the first district in the Upper Valley to formally remove a 2023-24 budget proposal from an approved Town Meeting warning.Strafford school officials followed three days later. After them...


Incumbent faces two challengers for Norwich Selectboard seat
02-16-2024 7:31 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

NORWICH — Three people are vying for one three-year term on the Selectboard in Norwich’s only contested race this year.Selectboard Vice Chairwoman Mary Layton faces competition from residents Doug Wilberding and Chuck Tufankjian.All three candidates...

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