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TRSU board approves 14% budget increase

TRSU board approves 14% budget increase

By Shawn Cunningham © 2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC Last Thursday night, the board of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union unanimously approved a budget of $6.548 million, which taxpayers in the SU’s two districts will see as assessments in the district budgets for the 2021/22 school year. The spending plan included an overall increase of $807,764 […]

Weekly Covid Update: Cases balloon as state ranks No. 2 in vaccine rollout

Weekly Covid Update: Cases balloon as state ranks No. 2 in vaccine rollout

©2021 Telegraph Publishing LLC The beginning of the new year is already breaking records, with the first days of 2021 seeing an astounding 1,207 new cases of Covid-19 for a total of 8,619 cases, and 20 more deaths, totaling 156, since the last 2020 report on Thursday, Dec. 31. The seven-day positivity rate has also […]

Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union seeks candidates for T&G, Winhall, Mettawee districts

Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union seeks candidates for T&G, Winhall, Mettawee districts

Running for your local school board is another endeavor altered by the pandemic. For 2021 elections, signed petitions are no longer required to qualify to run for any of the 19 open positions in the three school districts of the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union: Mettawee, Winhall and the Taconic & Green Regional. “Finding candidates to run […]

Weekly Covid Update: Federal vaccine reductions vex Scott administration

Weekly Covid Update: Federal vaccine reductions vex Scott administration

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC A spike in the daily Covid-19 new case totals, two new deaths, and lower than expected vaccine allotments coming from the federal government capped off 2020’s final Covid-19 press conference on Thursday, Dec. 31, which also marked the 100th press conference given by Gov. Phil Scott and his state health team […]

GMUSD Special Meeting agenda for Dec. 28

GMUSD Special Meeting agenda for Dec. 28

The Green Mountain Unified School District board will hold a special meeting via Zoom at 6 p.m. on Monday Dec. 28, 2020. To attend using Zoom click here. Below is its agenda. CALL TO ORDER: a. Roll Call APPROVAL OF AGENDA: BOARD COMMENTS PUBLIC COMMENTS NEW BUSINESS  a. Process for annual meeting NEXT MEETING DATE: […]

3 GM board members eschew re-election, annual meeting in flux

3 GM board members eschew re-election, annual meeting in flux

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC On the evening following a snowstorm that normally would have cancelled all school activities, the Green Mountain Unified School District board and finance committee met remotely last Thursday with three members announcing they would not run for re-election and the board deciding to hold a Zoom annual […]

Vaccines arrive as infections, deaths climb

Vaccines arrive as infections, deaths climb

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC With Vermont reaching what he called a “grim milestone” of over 100 deaths and with new case counts again jumping another 1,000-mark threshold this week, Gov. Phil Scott announced on Tuesday that he is extending Vermont’s state of emergency through Jan. 15, 2021. The first Pfizer vaccines arrived in the state […]

Weekly Covid Update: 16 more Vermonters die as new cases hit 778

Weekly Covid Update: 16 more Vermonters die as new cases hit 778 Dr. Levine: No surge from Thanksgiving yet seen

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health reported 16 more deaths this week, up from 10 last week, along with a new Covid-19 case count that skyrocketed by a record-breaking 778, up from 758 reported last week. Deaths in Vermont from Covid now stand at 93 deaths, with a total of 5,541 cases. […]

TRSU board OKs half-time buildings coordinator

TRSU board OKs half-time buildings coordinator

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC During last Thursday’s meeting of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union, Green Mountain School Board chair Joe Fromberger revisited topics he has been adamant about in the past: who pays for what and who controls what. Fromberger twice expressed his opinion that each of the two districts with […]

Covid Weekly Update: Vermont cases soaring as deaths double from last week

Covid Weekly Update: Vermont cases soaring as deaths double from last week

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health recorded 10 new deaths this week, double the fatalities reported last week, and a new Covid-19 case count that soared by 758, up from 546 reported last week, for 77 total deaths and 4,763 total cases. Seven deaths of the new deaths were Vermonters over the […]

GMUSD to conduct routine GM principal search

GMUSD to conduct routine GM principal search Fierman to review shared elementary principal structure

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Three months into an unusual school year, Two Rivers Supervisory Union Superintendent Lauren Fierman broached the subject of administrative position at the schools of the Green Mountain Unified School District. Fierman was speaking to the Nov. 19 GMUSD board meeting that included on the agenda forming a […]

Weekly Covid Update: Cases continue to rise as Gov. Scott clarifies restrictions

Weekly Covid Update: Cases continue to rise as Gov. Scott clarifies restrictions

  ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health recorded three more deaths from Covid-19 this week and a new case count that soared by 716, up from the 417 cases reported last week, for a total of 3,459 Covid-19 cases. Thursday brought a grim milestone with the highest number of new infections in […]

Gov. Scott calls for more strict mandates as Covid numbers rise in Vermont

Gov. Scott calls for more strict mandates as Covid numbers rise in Vermont Bars must close; restaurants can stay open at 50% capacity

 ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC With 84 new Covid-19 cases reported today, a weekly case count that far outstrips any previous tally, and more than 80 “situations” and 17 outbreaks being investigated by the Vermont Department of Health, Gov. Phil Scott has called for new strict mandates for Vermonters, including a ban on all multi-household gatherings, […]

TRSU schools to go remote during holidays

TRSU schools to go remote during holidays Fierman cites travel, visitors, returning college students

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC With Covid 19 cases rising across the northeast and the prospect of families and school staff traveling or hosting family members from other areas over the holidays, Two Rivers Supervisory Union Superintendent Lauren Fierman has announced that the five schools that comprise TRSU will go to remote […]

Weekly Covid Update: Restrictions added for school winter sports, ski areas

Weekly Covid Update: Restrictions added for school winter sports, ski areas

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC New restrictive health guidelines for both school winters sports and Vermont ski areas were released this week, as the state of Vermont saw Covid-19 cases rise by double digits every day and the  largest weekly total since April. New guidelines for school winter sports programs were released on Tuesday, including several […]

Weekly Covid-19 Update: New cases in every county as Vermont sees another jump

Weekly Covid-19 Update: New cases in every county as Vermont sees another jump

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The state of Vermont saw another steep weekly jump of 139 new Covid-19 cases, up from 101 new cases last week, for a total of 2,155 cases since the pandemic started last winter, and the first week since the pandemic began that every county in Vermont had new cases. The total […]

PHOTO GALLERY: Excited kids flock to drive-through trunk or treat in Chester

PHOTO GALLERY: Excited kids flock to drive-through trunk or treat in Chester

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC Cars filled with excited children lined the Green Mountain High School driveway well before the 6 p.m. start time for the Halloween celebration on Saturday. Dressed in orange, Chester-Andover Elementary teacher Frank Kelley welcomed families and directed traffic. Waiting for the kids to cruise by were ghouls, […]

Like rest of country, Vermont Covid numbers rise

Like rest of country, Vermont Covid numbers rise State issues early vaccination protocol, frontline hazard pay program

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health confirmed a jump of 28 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, for a steep incline of 101 new cases reported this week, a small portion of the 82,600 new infections reported nationwide on Friday alone. Despite that, Vermont still has the lowest seven-day per capita average of […]

GMUSD board sets graduation date as state cuts required days

GMUSD board sets graduation date as state cuts required days District reaches agreements with teachers/staff

By Shawn Cunningham © 2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC A singularly unsettled school year got a measure of certainty earlier this month with the passage of legislation that decided a number of questions that had vexed administrators and school boards, including the number of education days required in a year that started late on orders from […]

Weekly Covid-19 Update: Cases double in week, mostly due to Shoreham orchard outbreak

Weekly Covid-19 Update: Cases double in week, mostly due to Shoreham orchard outbreak

©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Vermont Department of Health saw a dramatic spike of 78 cases this week, more than twice the 37 new Covid-19 cases reported last week. The statewide total cases now stands at 1,846. The increase is due in part to an outbreak reported among Jamaican migrant workers brought in to pick […]