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Between school mergers and splits: How did we get here?

Between school mergers and splits: How did we get here?

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC Enacted by the Vermont legislature in the spring of 2015, Act 46 was designed to improve education opportunities for Vermont students while lowering the cost of providing those opportunities through mergers that would scale up the state’s schools and help create efficiencies. And that’s more than just […]

Students from GMUHS, Cavendish Elementary Rally for Planet

Students from GMUHS, Cavendish Elementary Rally for Planet

By Tuckerman Wunderle ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC MONTPELIER On Wednesday, April 12, students from Green Mountain Union High School and Cavendish Town Elementary School flocked to Montpelier to participate in the 2nd annual Rally for the Planet, organized by the Vermont Youth Lobby. The Green Mountain and Cavendish contingents joined about 1,400 other students from […]

GM board sanctions LGBTQ comments of fellow member

GM board sanctions LGBTQ comments of fellow member

By Stephen Seitz and Cynthia Prairie ©2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Green Mountain Union High School board sanctioned the comments of one of its own at its regular meeting on Thursday, April 13, as a room full of faculty, staff, students and other board members aired their outrage over comments made at the March 9 […]

May 2 voting set on Green Mountain Act 46 merger

May 2 voting set on Green Mountain Act 46 merger

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The town school boards and town clerks of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester met at Green Mountain Union High School on Monday, March 27, to lay out and agree to the process for holding votes on forming a Regional Education District to fulfill their obligations under the […]

After years of promises, state to fix crumbling Route 11 in 2019

After years of promises, state to fix crumbling Route 11 in 2019

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC A little over a month ago, 911 dispatchers received a call about an eastbound tractor trailer that was “all over the road” on Route 11 west of Chester.  When Chester Police Det. Andy Brothers stopped the truck, the driver of the rig explained that he “was trying […]

State Ed Board OKs TRSU RED plan; town votes eyed for May 2

State Ed Board OKs TRSU RED plan; town votes eyed for May 2

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC At its Tuesday, March 21 meeting, the Vermont State Board of Education gave the go-ahead to four area towns to put an Act 46 merger proposal before their voters on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. The approval by the Agency of Education and the Board of Education was […]

After long school meeting, Andover OKs $834,000 town budget

After long school meeting, Andover OKs $834,000 town budget

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC With about 10 percent of the town’s population in attendance, the Andover Town Meeting on Saturday was – as usual – a well-mannered and friendly affair even though it started 70 minutes later than scheduled due to the school district meeting running over its allotted 15 minutes. […]

TRSU Act 46 merger committee approves four-town RED proposal

TRSU Act 46 merger committee approves four-town RED proposal

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Two Rivers Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee voted last night (Thursday, Feb. 23) to approve the subcommittee report that recommends the creation of a Regional Education District (RED) from Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester.  If approved by the Vermont Board of Education at its March […]

Green Mountain RED merger moves forward; Ludlow, Mt. Holly reject plan

Green Mountain RED merger moves forward; Ludlow, Mt. Holly reject plan

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Monday night, school merger study committee representatives from Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester who are working to form a Regional Education District heard from Mount Holly and Ludlow reps that those towns will not participate in the RED – even as a fallback position in their […]

TRSU 'Red' Sub-committee meeting agenda for Feb. 13, 2017

TRSU ‘Red’ Sub-committee meeting agenda for Feb. 13, 2017

© 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Two Rivers Supervisory Union Act 46 Sub-Committee studying a Regional Education District for the towns of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester will hold a meeting on Monday, Feb. 13 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Library Learning Commons at Green Mountain Union High School, 716 Route 103 South […]

Act 46 RED meeting rescheduled for Jan. 31 in Andover

Act 46 RED meeting rescheduled for Jan. 31 in Andover

Two Rivers Supervisory Union has announced it has rescheduled the meeting of its Act 46 Sub-Committee for Tuesday Jan. 31. at 5:30 p.m. at Andover Town Hall.  The original meeting was postponed due to the weather. The subcommittee is looking at setting up a regional education district (RED) among the towns of Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish […]

UPDATE: Tonight's Act 46 RED Subcommittee meeting postponed

UPDATE: Tonight’s Act 46 RED Subcommittee meeting postponed

© 2017 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Two Rivers Supervisory Union Act 46 subcommittee meeting at the Andover Town Hall this evening is being postponed due to bad weather. TRSU has announced it has rescheduled the meeting for Tuesday Jan. 31. at 5:30 p.m. at Andover Town Hall.  The subcommittee is looking at setting up a […]

Four TRSU towns look to merge; Ludlow, Mt. Holly seek 'Plan B'

Four TRSU towns look to merge; Ludlow, Mt. Holly seek ‘Plan B’

By Shawn Cunningham © 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC After presentations on the scenario recommended by its superintendent and often emotional but inconclusive discussions of the plan, the Two Rivers Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee voted to allow Andover, Baltimore, Cavendish and Chester to study forming a Regional Education District (RED) within TRSU. That subcommittee […]

Texas fugitive arrested in Andover

Texas fugitive arrested in Andover

© 2017 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont State Police and Chester Police on Friday assisted the U.S. Marshals Service in the arrest of James A. Jackson at a home on East Hill Road in Andover. According to media reports in Texas, on Aug. 10, 2016, Jackson was indicted by the Sabine County Grand Jury on […]

Regional police force stalls out for 'Mountain Towns'

Regional police force stalls out for ‘Mountain Towns’

CORRECTIONS: Jeanette Haight, Andover Town Clerk, has informed us that Andover actually pays $7,000 annually for five hours of policing a month. And also Al Peters was misidentified. He is the Andover Town Constable.   By Bruce Frauman © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC After two meetings this fall, members of area select boards and Londonderry’s […]

Bellows Falls woman arrested in theft of mail

Bellows Falls woman arrested in theft of mail

UPDATED INFORMATION – Dec. 5, 1:55 p.m. © 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Vermont State Police are saying that they have arrested a Bellows Falls woman for larceny in alleged thefts from mailboxes and possession of a controlled substance. On Friday Dec. 2, at about 8:20 p.m. police received a complaint of a vehicle stopping at […]

Andover board wrestles with Act 46, addresses relationship with Chester institutions

Andover board wrestles with Act 46, addresses relationship with Chester institutions

By Shawn Cunningham © 2016 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Ahead of a public information session on the Act 46 school consolidation law, the Andover Select Board on Monday got an update on the progress of efforts to “study the advisability of forming a union school district” from school board member Joe Fromberger. Pointing to a 20 […]

Andover woman injured in crash on I-91

Andover woman injured in crash on I-91

© 2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC A 34-year-old Andover woman was injured this afternoon after police say a drunken driver collided with her SUV on I-91. According to press release this evening from the Vermont State Police, at about 3 p.m. today, Erik Polite, 37 of Newport, Vt., was reportedly driving erratically on I-91 in the […]

Fallen tree on power lines shuts down Route 11

Fallen tree on power lines shuts down Route 11

By Shawn Cunningham © Telegraph Publishing LLC The Chester Fire Department was called out at about 7 a.m. this morning for a tree that had fallen from the hillside on Route 11 just west of Adams Road. According to Fire Department Capt. Ben Whalen, the tree was laying on the power lines, which were arcing. […]

Bock wins Democratic Primary in Windsor 3-1; victory in November seems assured

Bock wins Democratic Primary in Windsor 3-1; victory in November seems assured

By Shawn Cunningham and Cynthia Prairie ©2016 Telegraph Publishing LLC Tom Bock sprinted to a victory over Melody Reed in the Democratic Primary for Vermont state representative from the Windsor 3-1 District, which includes Chester, Andover, Baltimore and North Springfield. Despite ballot counting glitches in Andover and Baltimore, by 9:30 p.m. it appeared that Bock […]