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TRSU postpones budget while districts continue work on theirs

TRSU postpones budget while districts continue work on theirs

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC While the surprise resignation of Superintendent Meg Powden took center stage at Monday’s meeting of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union, the work of finalizing the SU’s budget went on. At its meeting of Jan. 2, the board had rejected a 9.54 percent increase and asked the administration […]

Chester board nears final budget version

Chester board nears final budget version

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Wednesday, the Chester Select Board took its next-to-last look at its 2020 budget with the goal of limiting an increase in the tax rate. At the time of the meeting it appeared that that the budget was $241,565 greater than last year — equivalent to 6 […]

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Jan. 20, 2020

Chester Planning Commission agenda for Jan. 20, 2020

The Chester Planning commission will hold a regular meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday Jan. 20, 2020 at the Chester Town Hall, 556 Elm St., Chester. Below is its agenda. 1. Review minutes from the Jan. 6, 2019 meeting 2. Citizens Comments 3. Go over map changes with Gabe Ladd 4. Discuss […]

Powden resigns as TRSU superintendent effective June 30

Powden resigns as TRSU superintendent effective June 30

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Meg Powden, superintendent of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union, resigned her position on Monday, Jan. 13 effective June 30 — the end of the 2019/2020 school year. She will have served four years, overseeing the operations of two school districts — Green Mountain Unified and Ludlow-Mt. Holly […]

GM board restores priorities, bets on programs to attract more students

GM board restores priorities, bets on programs to attract more students At least two board members will not run for re-election

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Presented with a 2020-21 budget that stripped out all of the educational priorities it adopted in mid-2019, the finance committee of the Green Mountain Unified School District on Monday pushed back to restore programs, teacher positions and supplies while taking a gamble that offering more would make […]

TRSU board mulls budget increases, LMH may lose transportation

TRSU board mulls budget increases, LMH may lose transportation

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC While school officials asserted that an overall budget increase of 9.54 percent at the Two Rivers Supervisory Union level was necessary and that new special education programs are saving money, board members asked for details to show their school boards and the communities they represent. The board […]

TRSU proposes cutting GM educational priorities

TRSU proposes cutting GM educational priorities

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Three weeks after the Finance Committee of the Green Mountain Unified School District asked the Two Rivers Supervisory Union to come back with a budget that would include several of its education priorities while trying to keep the per pupil cost as low as possible, members received […]

Chester board, Springfield officials talk Transfer Station fees

Chester board, Springfield officials talk Transfer Station fees

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Following a question about the cost of the Springfield Transfer Station at its Dec. 4 meeting, the Chester Select Board heard from Springfield officials last Wednesday, Dec. 18. At that early December meeting, Lister and Chester resident Wanda Purdy had questioned the number of Chester residents buying […]

2 approaches: Green Mountain, Ludlow-Mt. Holly school boards tackle spending

2 approaches: Green Mountain, Ludlow-Mt. Holly school boards tackle spending LMH over the 'excess spending' threshold

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The two districts that make up the Two Rivers Supervisory Union are wrestling with controlling the spending in their FY 2021 budgets this year as one looks to increase its educational offerings and accommodate more students, while the other tries to manage the Act 46 downsizing that […]

GM school board, Cavendish library trustees seek solution over safety concerns

GM school board, Cavendish library trustees seek solution over safety concerns

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC There was plenty to talk about – apart from the budget/governance related rumpus – at the Dec. 12 meeting of the Green Mountain Unified School District board, including a tour and discussion of the Cavendish Library and its relationship with the adjoining elementary school. Before the 6 […]

What's your experience? Telegraph seeks perspective of special ed. families, teachers

What’s your experience? Telegraph seeks perspective of special ed. families, teachers

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Are you the parent of a current or former special education student within the Two Rivers Supervisory Union?  Would you share your perspective on the education your child received or is receiving? Are you a teacher or a former special ed student who would like to share your unique point […]

Opinion: Put education legislation in timeout

Opinion: Put education legislation in timeout

By Shawn Cunningham ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Thursday, Agency of Education Secretary Dan French announced a new statewide initiative to improve reading and math skills. According to a press release, the agency will “partnering with MetaMetrics to roll out (its) … Frameworks for reading and math cost-free to all Vermont school districts.” To put […]

Chester property owner ticketed for unpermitted building fire

Chester property owner ticketed for unpermitted building fire

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A property owner on Nudist Camp Road in Chester burned to the ground a cabin he bought in October on Monday afternoon sending fire trucks from a host of neighboring towns to the scene. Just before 5 p.m., the Chester Fire Department was alerted to a “fully […]

Sunday afternoon Tannerite blast shakes area

Sunday afternoon Tannerite blast shakes area

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Area residents from Springfield to Andover heard and even felt an explosion Sunday afternoon that left many speculating what had happened, including that there might have been an earthquake. According to Vermont State Police Patrol Commander Bryson Lunderville, a homeowner in Cavendish had taken “a large quantity” […]

Chester board reviews budget, capital expenses

Chester board reviews budget, capital expenses

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC With department heads for fire, police, ambulance, highway, water and sewer present, the Chester Select Board continued its review of the 2021 budget at its Dec. 4 meeting. First up was Water and Sewer as the board put on their commissioners’ hats and looked at a budget […]

Santa visits Chester's Overture to Christmas

Santa visits Chester’s Overture to Christmas

© Telegraph Publishing, LLC Santa and Mrs. Claus made their annual visit to Chester as part of the Overture to Christmas this past weekend. The Chester Fire Department brought the jolly old elf to the Fullerton Inn where Santa lit the town tree, greeted children and spent some time hearing their Christmas gift wishes.  

TRSU superintendent criticizes GM board budget decisions

TRSU superintendent criticizes GM board budget decisions Powden: 'The spirit of collaboration is no longer there'

By Shawn Cunningham ©2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Two Rivers Supervisory Union’s Meg Powden used her superintendent’s report at Thursday’s board meeting to chastise the Green Mountain Unified School District Board of Directors for what she said was its attitude toward a number of administration initiatives. “Indulge me,” said Powden, asking TRSU board members to look […]

TRSU pushes consolidations in transportation, food service, GM priority programs

TRSU pushes consolidations in transportation, food service, GM priority programs

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last week, a new committee of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union began discussing a plan to merge the transportation operation of the Green Mountain Unified School District with that of the Ludlow-Mount Holly Unified Union School District under one full-time transportation director as early as next July. […]

Christmas trees arrive for Chester Fire Dept. sale

Christmas trees arrive for Chester Fire Dept. sale

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Just before 8 a.m. on Black Friday, the scanner crackled to life with a loud piercing tone. “Chester Fire, Administrative tone. The truck with the trees has arrived. All available personnel to the field to unload.” And with that, a Chester holiday season tradition and a major […]

GM budget panel nixes CAES preschool, urges fund-raising for CTES playground

GM budget panel nixes CAES preschool, urges fund-raising for CTES playground Puts money into STEAM, literacy, early foreign language

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Green Mountain Unified School District Finance Committee rejected a number of administration initiatives on Monday night in favor of fully funding the priorities it established at a September retreat. The committee took up a two page document titled Administration Priorities, quickly calling it a “wish list.” […]