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Powden releases text of speech to board, Telegraph

Powden releases text of speech to board, Telegraph Board members' reaction to presentation mixed

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC A speech given by Two Rivers Supervisory Union Superintendent Meg Powden but withheld from the public was released after The Chester Telegraph requested the text under a state law that protects the public’s right to know what government agencies are doing. Board members’ reaction to the speech […]

Powden refuses to make speech public, says 'I don't trust' some school board members

Powden refuses to make speech public, says ‘I don’t trust’ some school board members

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Thursday night, Superintendent Meg Powden refused to share with the Green Mountain Unified School Board the text of a speech she gave to a “welcoming meeting” held for teachers across the supervisory union on Oct. 15. Member Michael Studin brought up the issue, telling Powden that […]

GMUSD board agenda for Oct. 17

GMUSD board agenda for Oct. 17

The Green Mountain Unified School District Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 17 in the Library at Green Mountain High School, 716 Route 103 South in Chester. Below is its agenda. CALL TO ORDER: a. Roll Call II. APPROVAL OF AGENDA: (Additions & Deletions) III. EXECUTIVE SESSION: a. […]

First GMUSD budget meeting focuses on gathering info

First GMUSD budget meeting focuses on gathering info

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC The Green Mountain Unified School District board – acting as the finance committee – met on Sept. 25 and so began the budgeting process 50 days ahead of last year. The board was meeting as the finance committee to address the complaint that in the past, everything […]

State announces income guide for free, reduced school meals

State announces income guide for free, reduced school meals

The Vermont Agency of Education Child Nutrition Programs has announced its policy for free or reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the NSLP Afterschool Snack Service and the Child and Adult Care Food Program. The income guidelines are effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. […]

College News

College News

Ryan Smith of Weston graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in  Business Administration in Sport Management from Western New England University in Springfield, Mass. Graduation ceremonies were held in May. William Baker of Londonderry, a member of the Class of 2020 at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., has earned the spring 2019 […]

GM board gets meeting law training, looks at overspending, honors Bont

GM board gets meeting law training, looks at overspending, honors Bont

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC At its Sept. 19 meeting, the Green Mountain Unified School District board received training on Vermont’s Open Meeting Law and later took steps to expand the public’s opportunity to comment at meetings – at least temporarily. Sue Ceglowski of the Vermont School Boards Association presented the training, […]

College aid workshops scheduled throughout area schools

College aid workshops scheduled throughout area schools

Vermont Student Assistance Corp. will offer free workshops at more than 50 local high schools — 10 of them in Windsor and Windham counties — beginning in late September and running into  early November to help families learn how to manage college costs and to fill out financial aid forms. Each year, Vermont families leave […]

GMUSD Finance Committee agenda for Sept. 25

GMUSD Finance Committee agenda for Sept. 25

The Finance Committee of the Green Mountain Unified School District will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Cavendish Elementary School, 573 Main St. in Proctorsville. Below is its agenda. I. CALL TO ORDER: II. ELECT A COMMITTEE CHAIR: III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA: IV. EXECUTIVE SESSION: TITLE 1 V.S.A. § 313 […]

GM senior Svec named Commended Student in Merit Program

GM senior Svec named Commended Student in Merit Program

Green Mountain Union High School Principal Lauren Fierman has announced that senior Zoe Svec of Chester has been named a Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corp., which conducts the program, will be presented by Fierman to this scholastically talented […]

GMUSD Facilities Committee agenda for Sept. 18

GMUSD Facilities Committee agenda for Sept. 18

The Facilities Committee for the Green Mountain Unified School District will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Library Learning Commons of the Green Mountain Union High, 716 VT-103 in Chester. Below is its agenda. I. CALL TO ORDER: a. Roll Call II. APPROVAL OF AGENDA: (Additions & Deletions) III. […]

GMUSD meeting agenda for Sept. 19

GMUSD meeting agenda for Sept. 19

The Green Mountain Unified School District will hold its regular monthly meeting on at 6 p.m. on Sept. 19, 2019 at the Cavendish Town Elementary School, 72 Main Street, Proctorsville. The meeting will be preceded by the dedication of a magnolia tree in memory of longtime school board member Dr. Gene Bont at 5:30 p.m. […]

Federal suit claims GMUSD, TRSU officials did little to stop harassment

Federal suit claims GMUSD, TRSU officials did little to stop harassment

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Late last week, the list of lawsuits against the Two Rivers Supervisory Union and its constituent school districts grew by one as a 30-count, 69-page complaint alleging a “sexually hostile school environment,” among other claims, was filed in the U.S. District Court for Vermont. The suit names […]

TRSU board ratifies Powden 2-year contract, 4% raise

TRSU board ratifies Powden 2-year contract, 4% raise

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The Two Rivers Supervisory Union Board ratified Superintendent Meg Powden’s two-year contract on a 3-2 vote Monday night, but only after questions and discussions surrounding dissatisfaction with Powden’s job performance. The special meeting, held at TRSU offices in Ludlow, had been called to cure three violations of […]

GMUSD board's 'priorities retreat' scheduled for Tuesday, open to the public

GMUSD board’s ‘priorities retreat’ scheduled for Tuesday, open to the public

© 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC The board of the Green Mountain Unified School District will hold a special public meeting as a retreat for the purpose of setting goals and priorities ahead of the 2020/21 budget process. The board will begin by hearing Superintendent Meg Powden’s Strategic Plan of Action. Powden told last week’s Two […]

TRSU board reverses response to meeting complaint, will revisit Powden's contract

TRSU board reverses response to meeting complaint, will revisit Powden’s contract

Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC On Monday, Sept. 9, the board of the Two Rivers Supervisory Union will revisit Superintendent Meg Powden’s two-year contract, which it approved in February following an improper executive session. The decision was made Thursday night after members of the Green Mountain Unified School District board urged the TRSU […]

TRSU Board agenda for Monday, Sept. 9

TRSU Board agenda for Monday, Sept. 9

The Two Rivers Supervisory Union Board of Directors will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9 at the Roost at Fletcher Farm, 611 VT-103 in Ludlow. Below is its agenda. I. CALL TO ORDER: a. Roll Call II. APPROVAL OF AGENDA: (Additions & Deletions) III. PUBLIC COMMENTS: IV. OLD BUSINESS: a. Open Meeting Law […]

GMUSD board learns of $189,000 deficit, will start budget process months early

GMUSD board learns of $189,000 deficit, will start budget process months early

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing LLC Budgeting was front and center on Thursday night as the board of the Green Mountain Unified School District learned that it would be starting the process with a deficit of more than $189,000. In the end, the board also decided to change the way it compiles its […]

Vt. AG opens probe into alleged CTES disability termination

Vt. AG opens probe into alleged CTES disability termination

By Shawn Cunningham © 2019 Telegraph Publishing, LLC Another complaint for disability discrimination against the Two Rivers Supervisory Union came to light at the July meeting of the Green Mountain Unified School District and, with it, questions about the replacement of a special education teacher who is the husband of the complainant. At the July […]

College News

College News

Kaya Mulligan of South Londonderry has been named to the President’s List for Champlain College of Burlington for the spring 2019 semester. Students on the President’s List have achieved a grade point average of 4.0 or higher during the semester. Mulligan is majoring in Social Work. The following students have been named to the Champlain […]