School calendar approved despite Town Meeting Day concerns

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter After some discussion, the school board approved the same Champlain Valley School District calendar for next year that has been used for the past 15 years. At the school board meeting on April 16, Superintendent Elaine Pinckney said that they discussed three different scheduling options concerning Town Meeting Day, one of… Read More »

Hinesburg moves closer to new source for town water

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter The water well that BlackRock Construction is working on at its Haystack Crossing development just north of Hinesburg appears to be as productive as advertised. At the Hinesburg Selectboard meeting April 17, chair Phil Pouech reported that they had heard from hydrogeologist Cindy Sprague that the well on the 75-acre project… Read More »

Rose Lord, local Ninja Warrior

Rose Lord, local Ninja Warrior

CAROLE VASTA FOLLEY The Citizen The word ninja derives from the Japanese character “nin,” which means to persevere. It is a quality seventh-grader Rose Lord not only lives up to but put on display in the inaugural season of “American Ninja Warrior Junior.” Selected as one of 192 competitors aged nine to 14 from across… Read More »

Charlotte confirms approval of budget

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter Charlotte’s Town Budget vote April 9 was a bit underwhelming. The Australian ballot vote is required to approve the budget that passed by voice vote at Town Meeting on March 5. Town clerk Mary Mead said that the results of the vote were 122-42 in favor of the budget. The consensus… Read More »

Charlotte Selectboard chooses design/build

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter Many of the comments from the small audience were contentious and at times heated, but in the end the Charlotte Selectboard voted unanimously Monday to issue a request for bids for a design/build proposal for a new addition to the Charlotte Library. Some members of the audience questioned the feasibility and… Read More »

School board gets lesson in proficiency-based learning

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter The Champlain Valley School District School Board on Tuesday saw a final presentation of proficiency-based instruction and how it works. Teachers from Shelburne Community School and Champlain Valley Union High School demonstrated how the technique works better than traditional testing and grading. Jeff Badillo and Sam Nelson talked about a unit… Read More »

Local municipalities discuss conservation partnership

MADELINE CLARK Staff Reporter  Good fences make good neighbors, the old adage says. However, in the case of six local municipalities, the very opposite may soon ring true. This winter, South Burlington officials began talking with neighboring towns about a possible multi-community conservation partnership they’re calling the Southwest Chittenden County Conservation Partnership.  Tuesday, April 9, Shelburne trustees listened to… Read More »

Balancing security and comfort at CVU: First school resource officer Matt Collins on the job

Balancing security and comfort at CVU: First school resource officer Matt Collins on the job

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter Although he’s only been on the job as school resource officer for a month, as Matt Collins walks the halls of Champlain Valley Union High School, he sees many students and faculty that he greets like old friends. “The position of school resource officer is multi-faceted,” Collins said. “I’m not just… Read More »

Out of this world: Charlotte Central School students speak with NASA’s Ricky Arnold

Out of this world: Charlotte Central School students speak with NASA’s Ricky Arnold

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter Students entered the Charlotte Central School library in a sort of quiet roil on Monday. Emotions were simmering, but it was a controlled and well-behaved excitement, amazing considering that these fourth, fifth and sixth-graders were about to talk to an astronaut.  Maybe they were so well-behaved because this is old hat… Read More »

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