Lamoille in the News
No extra checks for former superintendent
By Andrew Martin | News & Citizen
No work, no pay.
That was the takeaway Monday night when the Lamoille North Supervisory Union voted not to compensate former superintendent Edith Beatty for the remainder of her contract. Instead the board will only pay her for work up until her resignation on April 10.
Before her resignation Beatty informed the board she expected to be compensated through the remainder of her contract, which expired on June 30. In February the board had voted not to extend Beatty’s contract, despite a subcommittee recommending they do so.
Beatty resigned, citing a breach of contractual obligations by the board and a hostile work environment. She claims the board breached her contract when it didn’t properly and legally notify her the contract was not being renewed. Beatty also felt certain board members had created an “untenable work environment” for herself and her staff.
In a March 25 letter Beatty informed the board that if she did not receive the compensation and vacation time owed to her through June 30 under her contract she would turn the matter over to her legal counsel to “seek appropriate redress and damages.”
That threat of legal action didn’t seem to phase the board on Monday night, as they voted to adopt the recommendation of a special subcommittee to only “pay E. Beatty the $8,199.19 which will compensate her for her time and accrued vacation days up until April 10.” The motion to adopt the recommendation passed by voice vote.
Beatty will now be legally notified of the board’s decision. She was not available for comment at press time.
Act 46 questions abound
The Lamoille North board’s decision regarding Beatty’s compensation comes at a time when questions about Act 46 and the recent merger vote continue to swirl.
One of the most pressing questions is how the six towns of Lamoille North will be represented on different school boards. With Cambridge and Waterville saying no to a merger on April 12, supervisory union officials are now scrambling to find out how many school boards are necessary and just who will sit on those boards.
One question they know the answer to: how many school boards will exist if Cambridge and Waterville don’t reconsider the decision to merge?
“There will be four boards,” Marilyn Frederick, business manager for Lamoille North, said. If all six towns had voted yes to consolidation, then there would have only been one 18-member board for the entire district.
As it stands now, Cambridge and Waterville would each have their own separate elementary school boards, the new merged district of the four towns that said yes would have a board, and the Lamoille North Supervisory Union representing all six towns would continue to have a board.
Just who would be on those boards, specifically the merged board and Lamoille North board, is still up in the air.
“The merged board and Lamoille North board could be separate legal entities but have the same members,” Frederick said.
Much of the confusion stems from supervisory union officials receiving conflicting advice. The Agency of Education has been recommending one path forward with board membership while legal counsel has taken a different view.
“We’ve gotten a couple different opinions, and until we get the various agencies to agree we can’t say for sure what the makeup of the boards will be,” Frederick said.
“We are working on getting responses that are consistent,” Catherine Gallagher, interim superintendent, said.
Everyone thought the articles of agreement for the merger, which are supposed to govern a unified district, had already answered board makeup questions. How to deal with some towns saying no to the merger wasn’t part of the articles, though.
Everything could also change if Waterville or Cambridge hold a revote and say yes to a merger.
School officials know a petition for a revote is circulating in Waterville and have heard one was also taken out in Cambridge. A petition for a revote must take place within 30 days of the first vote.
The current Johnson school board is also waiting for definite answers before deciding how to fill one of its empty seats on the merged board. Johnson was supposed to have five seats on the unified board but only four candidates received enough votes to be elected.
In Belvidere, even though voters said yes to a merger, and Waterville said no, Belvidere students will continue to attend Waterville Central School for the near future.
Parents do have the option of petitioning the merged board to allow their students to go to a new school, according to Frederick.
“Our articles of agreement indicate that for the first three years of a merger students will keep going to the school they go to now,” she said.
Businesses may go, but signs linger on
By Tommy Gardner | News & Citizen
When they close, business owners often literally leave behind signs of their departure.
The evidence is in the empty storefronts still displaying the names of their previous tenants.
In Morrisville, the Bee’s Knees logo is still affixed to the historic brick building that now houses a Thai restaurant.
In Stowe, the Sauce Italian Specialties sign is more noticeable than the “for lease” notice.
And the Green Top Market display is still up on the old country store that still says, “Morristown Corners 1812.”
Gary Bourne recently bought the building, which was simply known as The Corner Market when he was a kid. He’s not sure what’ll become of the sign, but he thinks its handsome, and he’s also something of an old sign collector.
Bourne still has the plywood “Buy Ice Here” sign that Morrisville man-about-town Rus-sell West made for him when Bourne was 15 years old and West’s “step n’ fetch kid.”
Part of the Bourne fuel family, he has accumulated lots of old oil company signs — Texacos and Essos. And he has the garish green and orange Aubuchon sign from the former downtown hardware store.
“That one was so god-awful ugly,” he laughed. “There was no level of insult you could add to any other place in town that wasn’t already there with that sign.”
Old signs, new places
Tricia Follert, Morristown’s community development coordinator, would prefer that businesses leaving town take their signs with them. It can get a little confusing for people, she said.
There’s the Jost Dishes and Cones sign outside the place that sold satellite dishes and creemees for five or six years. And nearby, the somewhat maligned Nepveu building still has the former Norm’s Furniture logo on the side.
Still, sometimes, a departed business can leave a legacy that some building owners would be more than happy to hold on to. And Follert gets that, too.
“I just think it should be something that you earn,” she said.
No offense to 10 Railroad Street, but unless that place lasts for decades, people past the age of 40 are always going to remember the address as The Station (and not the Oriental version, either). And, Follert said, people still remember the folks that ran Tegu Market when they see the current town offices, located in the Tegu Building.
In Stowe, Graham Mink is wondering what he’ll do with the old Lackey’s Variety Store sign. Mink bought the building last year, and his wife is re-opening a space known as Country Store on Main.
“Before we even closed on the building, people were asking me about the sign,” Mink said.
Originally, the Lackey family wasn’t interested in having the sign back, but reconsidered last month and donated it to the Stowe Historical Society. Mink said if the historical society wants to place it on the building to help identify the landmark, he’ll make sure it has a place of honor, with a plaque and everything.
“There are so many good memories attached to these places. It’s bittersweet. You’ve got the memories but, ultimately, the business is gone,” he said. “Given how long the Lackeys had been in there, it makes sense to commemorate that.”
Leaving a sign
A vacant restaurant space on Mountain Road in Stowe still sports the sign of the Italian eatery that went out of business this year after a painfully slow first winter.
Building owner Bobby Roberts isn’t sure what’ll become of the bright red Sauce Italian Specialties sign, but it isn’t an eyesore, and he’s not rushing the former owner to take it away.
“When people usually go the way of the dodo, they don’t come back,” Roberts said. “The signs just kind of hang out, unless someone wants to take them.”
Roberts knows this well. He’s the former owner of the Rusty Nail, and once collected the signs from old businesses all around town. They’re reportedly still in the Nail’s basement.
The Vermont Bird Feeder. The Burton Chill Shop. Pie in the Sky. Whiskers. Sister Kate’s. Baggy Knees. Down Home Hot Tub.
Oh, and the old Rusty Nail sign? That’s in the basement, too, he said.
Stowe’s zoning laws are vague about signs that advertise a place that isn’t there. It’s a violation to put up a false sign, but nothing prohibits a former sign from staying there until a new tenant can be found.
That can lead to some confusion for tourists — and headaches for landlords.
Across the street from Sauce, a restaurant space was a clash of cultures until this past weekend, with one sign advertising the coming Saen Sook Thai restaurant and the other remembering O’Grady’s Irish pub that used to be there.
The former Phoenix restaurant sign stayed up for months befor the Mountain River School moved into the building.
On Main Street, the Butler House has been home to three restaurants in three years, and landlord Paul Biron is used to having his building be known as different places.
There was Frida’s Tacqueria, which he co-owned; Mi Casa Kitchen and Bar, which he and his wife owned outright; and Grazer’s, the burger joint with a Williston sister location that lasted only a few months.
“I had to take that one down because people were coming up to the front door looking for a restaurant,” Biron said. “I think it’s probably a case of they just didn’t want their sign back.”
by Andrew Martin | News & Citizen
It’s not even open yet, and the Cambridge Community Center is already bringing people together.
Droves of volunteers and local business have helped to bring the center to the point where it is nearly ready to open.
“It’s been going wonderfully,” said Phil Rogers, the president of Cambridge 360, a nonprofit that’s been driving the push for the community center. It also operates a store that has funded some of the work.
“We’ve had a lot of local contractors and businesses step up lately to help us out,” he said.
PHOTO BY ANDREW MARTIN
Two volunteers wash the interior walls of the athletic facility inside the
Cambridge Community Center last Saturday.
Not so long ago, the idea of creating a community center at the former Windridge Tennis Camp in Jeffersonville seemed out of reach, even a bit far-fetched. Not anymore, though. Volunteers have turned out every Saturday for months to work on the property and some local businesses donated several thousand dollars apiece to the project.
“There is a core of volunteers who do everything from helping with publicity, design and marketing to fundraising, as well as a stalwart few who show up regularly for our Saturday morning work parties,” said Russ Weis, one of the people who bought the tennis center property with the goal of establishing it as a community center.
The volunteers are motivated by a number of reasons.
“A community center was one thing we identified that would be a big benefit to Cambridge in general,” said volunteer Liam McKone, who has helped with fundraising. “It will be handy to have a meeting space like that.”
He also looks forward to using the fitness gym in the center; Weis and his partner John Dunn hope to open the fitness center by the start of summer.
With a bit of luck, the field house and indoor sports facility could follow suit later this year.
A long time coming
Rumors about a community center in Cambridge have swirled for years.
Weis and Dunn took a big step toward turning those rumors into reality when they bought the former Windridge Tennis Camp in January 2014. They bought the 7.4-acre property, which includes two large buildings, because they feel passionately that Cambridge could use a community center.
“We both like to play and coach soccer; we also like to play other sports, such as tennis,” Weis said. “We also liked the idea of a facility where the arts, theater and perhaps educational events could flourish in the heart of Jeffersonville.”
They also saw the potential for community groups to use the center, and decided to make the purchase before the two buildings deteriorated any further.
That was two years ago, and work quickly began on rehabilitating the larger of the two buildings, the 13,200-square-foot field house. It will become a home for indoor soccer, lacrosse, tennis and other sports, while doubling as an indoor play space for younger kids and providing a community meeting spot.
A laundry list of work
The driveway to the building was improved last year, and a Northern Borders grant will allow the driveway to be widened and for 18 parking spaces to be added later this spring. The grant was awarded because the parking lot will also be a trailhead for the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.
The field house annex will have a public gym and fitness center, and those facilities have been getting a lot of attention lately. The locker rooms were reconfigured and a medical office was added. Plumbers have volunteered to finish the bathrooms and a pumping station has been installed to connect the building to the village sewer system, possibly later this month.
Once the sewer line’s working, new fitness equipment will be ordered and the gym should open in late May or early June.
A small café will also be in the annex.
The inside of the field house is getting a makeover and a concrete floor was recently poured. Fundraising is about to begin for the sports flooring that will be placed over the concrete.
Dunn estimates that the flooring will cost $70,000, although there’s hope that a grant will provide half the money.
“We might have to do it in sections,” Dunn said. If funding can be found for the flooring, the goal is to have it installed by fall so the field house can be open for winter.
Work is also now being done on the entrances to the field house and the building’s heating system.
Once the field house is completely refurbished, Dunn and Weis plan to begin repairs on what used to be a dormitory building at the tennis center. The interior needs to be renovated and the building will have to be raised to comply with flood regulations. That portion of the project is expected to cost at least $250,000, and the search for grant money has already begun.
Weis and Dunn hope the dorm building can become a center for learning and wellness, with classrooms and office space.
The roughly 6 acres around the buildings will also be used for sports fields, a community garden that began last year, and a walking path.
Financing is one of the community center’s biggest challenges.
One promising possibility is an Internal Revenue Service program that allows people to donate old stocks to Cambridge 360 in exchange for tax credits.
“You normally pay taxes on any gains when you cash in a stock, but this program allows people to donate the full value of the stock and get tax credits,” Rogers said. Several people have already used the program to donate thousands of dollars to the center.
“Financially, it makes more sense for them to do this than cashing in the stocks themselves,” Rogers said.
One other funding source is the Cambridge 360 store, which resells donated items to fund the work on the community center. So many people are donating time and money to the renovation work that Rogers has actually had trouble finding volunteers to man the store during normal hours.
“This is our long-term funding source for the center. It’s sustainable, and we need to keep focusing on it,” Rogers said about the store. “When it’s open, people come in to donate items or to buy them.”
A grand opening event for the center may be held in July in conjunction with the Cambridge Music Festival. Anyone who wants to learn more about the Cambridge Community Center can visit cambridgevtcommunitycenter.com.
PART OF AN OCCASIONAL SERIES
By Kayla Friedrich | Stowe Reporter
Lamoille County doesn’t have many facilities to help the homeless or addicted, but it does have some success stories.
Many people think they know what a homeless or addicted person looks like, but in truth there’s no stereotype. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, homelessness and addiction can happen to anyone — parents, military veterans, politicians, neighbors, doctors, the children of doctors.
Thirty people in Lamoille County were homeless in 2015, according to estimates by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The county has minimal long-term housing options for homeless people, unless they fit a category — mentally ill, military veteran, victims of domestic violence.
A 2015 inventory showed 19 beds at Lamoille County Mental Health for people with mental illness, 2 beds available to veterans, 19 motel voucher beds that can be used by anyone (although the program may soon be gone), 7 emergency beds for victims of domestic violence, 7 transitional housing beds, and 9 beds in a rental subsidy program.
That number of beds exceeds the homeless total, but many are reserved for people who fit specific criteria.
Likewise, there are few centers to help treat substance abuse. Treatment Associates in Morrisville treats opioid addiction; Teen Challenge in Johnson treats teen drug addiction; North Central Vermont Recovery Center offers peer-to-peer recovery assistance in Morrisville; and Therapeutic Counseling and Consulting Services offers substance-abuse counseling in Morrisville.
Even so, people from this county have been able to overcome both homelessness and addiction. One is Annie Brandt, a recovering addict whose mother is a Copley Hospital doctor, Betsy Perez, M.D.
Annie Brandt is a young, stay-at-home mom who recently married and just closed on her first house last week. Eventually, she’d like to go back to college to get a degree in music therapy, possibly to help addicts.
Her life wasn’t always so put together. Just two and a half years ago, Brandt was an addict herself, sleeping under a tarp across from Burlington High School.
“Looking back, I probably knew what was going on, but I was in big-time denial,” said Betsy Perez. “Annie broke both her legs in a skiing accident when she was 13 years old. I think that is probably when the addiction gene was triggered — she was on painkillers and sedatives that, looking back, I wish we hadn’t given her.
“After high school, Annie started at Marlboro College, but dropped out after only four weeks and went into a job in food service, staying with friends. Things just kept happening. All of a sudden she kept ‘losing her wallet,’ and needing money. She would try to disappear for days at a time, which I found out later was when she’d get high.”
Brandt said she was on sedatives and painkillers after breaking her legs, but she traces her addiction gene back to early childhood.
“I never felt accepted, and for a long time, things just felt wrong,” Brandt said. “I just wanted to belong to something, and I saw a group of people smoking marijuana that I thought were cool, so I started. I didn’t really get into opiates until I was 19. I don’t want to suggest that marijuana is a gateway drug. I got into opiates because of depression, and it became what my life was about.”
Throughout high school, Brandt smoked marijuana off and on, then she got into cocaine. About when she dropped out of college, Brandt started doing heroin too.
In March 2012, Perez let Brandt house-sit for her and her boyfriend, David Deciucias while they were in Jamaica. When they returned, things were missing, including a coin collection passed down from Deciucias’ grandfather. All had been sold to pawn shops for drug money.
“Annie’s jeans were still sitting on the floor in the bedroom, and one of the coins was in the pocket,” Perez said. “It was like she was asking to get caught. So, I confronted her about the theft, and about her drug problem. It was obvious at that point, because nobody steals from their family unless they have a problem.”
Perez and Deciucias pressed charges against Brandt for felony grand larceny. They told her that, if she went to counseling, they would drop the charges. Brandt didn’t go into counseling, but she did eventually get into Maple Leaf Treatment Facility in Underhill, where she detoxed for a few weeks. Then she was in a halfway house in Burlington, until she was kicked out for “suspicious activity.”
She was caught shoplifting in Winooski right after that — the last straw. Brandt was arrested, missed a court date, and spent a night in jail. She decided she never wanted to do that again, and was ready to accept 90 days of in-patient treatment.
Not sick enough
Perez and Brandt tried to find a good treatment facility, but couldn’t get her in anywhere.
“They all said she wasn’t sick enough,” Perez said. “If you are overdosing, you are considered sick enough, so Annie went out and deliberately overdosed, because she was so desperate. Luckily, her boyfriend at the time was someone who wasn’t using, and he brought her up to Copley for detox. I thought she was going to die.”
A social worker tried to get Brandt into a psych unit in central Vermont, but the psychiatrist wouldn’t accept her, even though they had beds. Copley’s emergency room doctor at the time, Liam Gannon, somehow persuaded the psychiatrist to take her.
Brandt spent eight or nine days there, and then went back to Maple Leaf. While there, Dr. William Grass, a psychiatrist certified in addiction medicine, got Brandt on Suboxone — a drug used to treat opioid and heroin addiction — and he and Gannon persuaded Perez that they needed to get Brandt into a place called Talbott Recovery in Atlanta.
Brandt spent five months at the science-based recovery center, and she turned her life around. She was weaned off Suboxone and put on Vivitrol — a monthly shot that prevents people from getting high from narcotics. It binds to the opioid receptors in the brain, and blocks opioids from entering.
During that time, Brandt went to all her appointments and followed a 12-step program. She got a job, and she met her future husband in rehab. He has been sober for almost two years. They moved in together, eloped, and are now raising a happy 4-month-old boy in Atlanta.
From homelessness and addiction to a home of their own, Brandt still goes to counseling and group therapy, and frequents her former recovery center to interact with current patients and help them. So far, hers is a success story.
“For me, the important thing for people to realize is how difficult it is to get clean or sober in Vermont,” Brandt said. “Had I not been able to get into Talbott, I don’t know if I could have done it. And if my mom hadn’t had the money she did — treatment was almost $150,000 total — I don’t think I could have done it.
“By getting treatment, I overcame my addiction, and I don’t even know if many of the people I used to use with in Vermont are still alive. A lot of them don’t have the resources.”
Perez says the emergency department at Copley Hospital deals with homelessness and addiction on a daily basis, and she wishes the county at least had a needle exchange to curb some of the problems with drug use.
Even so, Perez said she is proud that the Lamoille County community has always seemed to take care of its own, even though it’s one of the few counties in Vermont that has no shelter.
“It takes a community to help an addict or alcoholic recover,” Perez said.
Voting starts Friday in the second annual 4393 Awards, a reader survey sponsored by the Stowe Reporter, Waterbury Record and News & Citizen to honor the best in our area.
Readers helped to shape the survey by nominating their favorite restaurants, shops, local heroes — more than 70 categories in all.
The awards honor the 4,393-foot summit of Mount Mansfield, the highest point in Vermont. There’s no higher honor than that! The contest encompasses Stowe, Morrisville, Waterbury, Cambridge and Johnson, the communities where Mansfield looms the largest.
Participating is easy: visit stowetoday.com/4393awards and vote for your favorites.
The contest is organized into sections including food and drink (best bar, apres ski, restaurant); the outdoors (mountain bike trail, yoga teacher, ski tuner); people we love; and “best of the rest,” including best annual event, best day trip and best community organization.
Winners will be announced July 7 in a special section published in the Waterbury Record, Stowe Reporter and the News & Citizen of Morrisville, and distributed through the fall at select retail outlets. An electronic version of the section will live online until next year’s winners are announced.
Each winner will receive a frameable certificate, and advertisers — both winners and nominees — can use the 4393 logo in their advertising. Voting is open at stowetoday.com/4393awards through May 12.
Costs, local control, state pressure all factors in the decision on whether to combine
by Andrew Martin | News & Citizen
Is merging really what’s best for us? That question has been on the minds of Lamoille North Supervisory Union residents for the past few months.
Many are still trying to answer the question, even as they prepare to vote April 12 on merging six school districts into one.
PHOTO BY GLENN CALLAHAN
Crossing guard Dennis Naughton stops traffic outside Hyde Park Elementary School as students head home after classes on Tuesday. School renovation plans could be approved ahead of a merger vote.
The plan affects Belvidere, Cambridge, Hyde Park, Eden, Johnson and Waterville.
Under Act 46, a new state law, state education officials have been nudging school districts to merge into larger organizations. Elmore and Morristown voted earlier this year to merge; to the south, six districts in the Waterbury-Mad River Valley area are headed toward a merger decision.
“To me, it boils down to voters having the chance to make this decision themselves and get tax incentives, or knowing that the decision could be made for them and getting no incentives,” said Marilyn Frederick, business manager for Lamoille North. The supervisory union provides top-level administrative services for the six school districts.
Under Act 46, districts that merge soon will receive tax benefits; those that don’t will have to help pay for those incentives. The state could also force districts to merge if they haven’t done so by 2019.
Many people think that approach is heavy-handed, and “I think it is fair to say that my fellow citizens do not generally react well to perceived dictates, no matter how well intended,” said Pierre LaFlamme, vice chair of the Lamoille North merger study committee. He hopes people vote “based on what they feel is best for our students.”
And what is best for students? Some teachers and staff members worry that favorite programs could be eliminated in a merged district.
“Our enrichment program is near and dear to many people,” said Mary Anderson, principal of Cambridge Elementary School. That program offers accelerated classes, special help, and after-school learning to students. It’s been in existence for nearly 20 years, and the community has consistently supported it, approving extra staff and funding even through lean years.
“Our program isn’t in the other schools, and our fear is that it will march out the door when the new board is considering all the communities,” Anderson said. “We are concerned that the quality of education for the children in our community could go down.”
However, Cambridge could have a big influence in the merged district, holding five of the 14 school board seats.
Others think the Cambridge program could be expanded into the rest of the merged district.
“It’s a wonderful program,” said Peter Ingvoldstad, chairman of the committee that investigated the merger.
Ingvoldstad envisions Cambridge Elementary as a magnet school, drawing students from around the merged district who want to join the program and get ahead in certain subjects, or who need special attention. If a second elementary school on the other side of the district added the program, then students in all six communities would have a close-to-home option.
‘A lot more efficient’
Other educators see a chance for even more academic opportunity in a merged district, including a uniform curriculum that gives all students the same opportunities.
“Since the day I arrived four years ago, I’ve been asking why we aren’t doing for grades K-6 what we already do for grades 7-12,” said Ciccolol. “If we weren’t all trying to reinvent the wheel, we could be a lot more efficient.”
Ciccolo thinks a uniform curriculum for all Lamoille North elementary students would prepare them better for the transition to Lamoille Union Middle and High School.
“If we aren’t hitting a mark in a certain subject in grade 7, we could have specialists from the district go back into the elementary schools and put more of an emphasis on it,” he said.
The ability to share specialists and technicians is another benefit in Ciccolo’s mind. Those staff members could be deployed across the merged district, offering equivalent services in every school.
One example is maintenance. If there’s an emergency at a school, maintenance workers from across the merged district could respond in force. That’s not an option right now.
“If we are all one district, the barriers are gone and we are all using the same pot of money,” said Dylan Laflam, the facilities manager at Lamoille Union Middle and High School. “Instead of paying a contractor a couple of hundred dollars to fix an emergency at a small school, I could just send one of our staff instead. I don’t think it would cost Lamoille any more money.”
Another popular question is how a merged district will handle future construction projects.
Right now, a major building plan — perhaps $10 million — is looming in Hyde Park, and residents of other towns are wondering if they will have to help pay for it.
After a merger, the school board would have control over all district assets, including buildings. That means the board’s representatives from each town would have a say on construction at any school.
“All of the towns in the new district would have a say with regards to incurring more debt,” said Pierre LaFlamme.
But, based on timing, Hyde Park could be an exception to that rule. If the merger is approved April 12, the new school board will get to work organizing the new district. However, the current Hyde Park School Board will continue to oversee its elementary school until July 2017, and a bond vote should happen before that.
“We are aiming for a fall 2016 vote on the building renovation project,” said Raven Walters, chair of the Hyde Park board. “… So Hyde Park will still be able to decide, for itself, whether to approve the current proposed project, regardless of whether the merger is approved.”
On April 4, Hyde Park could decide when the bond vote will be; it will also discuss the project’s cost estimate.
Walters says sharing assets and expenses benefits everyone. In any large bond vote, no one town would be especially hard hit, because the base would be broader.
“While, if the merger is approved, it will be Hyde Park’s turn to benefit now, all the towns could expect to benefit similarly in the future,” she said.
The merger has also raised questions about the future of the Green Mountain Technology and Career Center, adjacent to Lamoille Union High School. No changes are expected for the tech center, other than the fact that it will be governed by the board of the new district. The school will continue to serve students from Lamoille North communities, and from Craftsbury, Hardwick, Morrisville and Stowe.
Now, Lamoille Union Middle and High School and the Green Mountain Technology and Career Center both have their own boards; they, too, would be overseen by the merged board, although the tech center would continue to have an advisory board.
A series of informational meetings about the proposed merger will be held in all six of the Lamoille North Supervisory Union school districts in the week leading up to the vote on April 12.
Each meeting will be at the town’s elementary school: Belvidere April 5, Cambridge April 6, Hyde Park April 4, Eden April 7, Johnson April 11, and Waterville April 7. All meetings start at 6 p.m. except Waterville’s, which is at 7.
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