Schools get the lead out

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer The results of the Champlain Valley School District lead testing are in and they show that all of the schools in the district are now under the limits set by the state. During this year’s session, the legislature set the limit for lead levels in school drinking water at 4 ppb… Read More »

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 »

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 »

Black Lives Matter flag will fly: CVSD Board approves student-led request by vote of 11-1

By SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter The Black Lives Matter flag will fly at Champlain Valley Union High School. The Champlain Valley School District School Board voted 11-1 in favor of flying the flag Monday night with Russ Caffry of Shelburne casting the lone dissenting vote. After extensive discussion, board member Dave Connery made the motion… Read More »

Getting schooled in Charlotte: The hidden past of the town’s early learning centers

Getting schooled in Charlotte: The hidden past of the town’s early learning centers

By SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter While several Vermont school systems are still struggling with school consolidation, not only has Charlotte and other towns in the Champlain Valley School District already dealt with merging, it wasn’t their first trip to the school merger rodeo. In 1869, Charlotte had at least 14 school districts, each with its… Read More »

Talking tolerance: Taking the race conversation beyond CVU

By MADELINE HUGHES Staff Reporter Race and privilege have been at the forefront of Champlain Valley School District’s thoughts. This year, students created the Racial Alliance Committee, which meets in the library on Wednesday mornings. At the past few school board meetings, students from the committee have asked the board to allow the group to… Read More »

Voters approve CVSD $78.9 million budget

Voters approve CVSD $78.9 million budget

By SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter Voters approved all three articles concerning the Champlain Valley School District budget by relatively large margins on Town Meeting Day. However, voter turnout was low, with less than 21 percent of the more than 23,000 registered voters in the district casting ballots. Voters approved Article VII, the $78.9 million budget… Read More »

School board recommends $78.9 million 2019-20 budget

By SCOOTER MACMILLAN The school board of the Champlain Valley School District finished its work on the 2019-20 budget that voters will consider on Town Meeting Day with tax rates kept tightly in check to support the $78.9 million spending plan. Earlier this month, board members used one calculation that was revised by this week’s… Read More »