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School business managers testify to benefits of district consolidation

Richard C. Pembroke  Jr. (left), chief financial officer for the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, and Grant Geisler, executive director of operations and CFO for Chittenden Central Supervisory Union, testify at a House Education Committee meeting. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger
School consolidations need to occur, and forming statewide, pre-K-12 school districts is the way to do it, according to the Vermont Association of School Business Officials.


Luxury housing market is brisk in Stowe

This home on Birch Hill in Stowe has a room with about a dozen sides, with stained glass and surround sound. Photo by Glenn Callahan/Stowe Reporter
Overall, Stowe reported 14 sales of homes priced at $900,000 or above, making 2014 the strongest year in the luxury market since 2009.


Windsor Northwest, Orange-Windsor Supervisory Unions merge

Stephen Dale
The marriage of the two school districts is a real-life example of consolidation, a hot topic among lawmakers in Montpelier.


Gun bill introduced in the Senate

Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell, D-Quechee, sits for an interview at his Statehouse office on Tuesday. Photo by Nat Rudarakanchana
Senate Democrats introduced their much anticipated gun control bill Thursday afternoon (S.31). Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell is the lead sponsor of the bill. Gun control legislation has been met with stiff opposition in the past in the Vermont Legislature, and Gov. Peter Shumlin says he has no interest in supporting a background check […]


Reason for Burlington’s high gas prices unknown

Chris Pearson
Officials and area leaders push for answers as to why fuel prices soar in Chittenden County.


YWP: Riding Cows and Hot Cocoa

Ava Kendrick is a sophomore at Harwood Union High School. Courtesy photo
The week's Young Writers Project entry is "Riding Cows and Hot Cocoa" by Ava Kendrick, a sophomore at Harwood Union High School.


SCOV Law Blog: Conflicts in the condo association

Creative Commons photo by walknboston via Flickr
This case has to do with a “longstanding feud” between a condo association and one of the individual property owners in the association.


Report critical of school consolidation rebutted by state officials

Education Sec. Rebecca Holcombe testifies before the House Education Committee on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger
State officials took issue with a report written by two Vermonters who are doctoral candidates at Penn State University, and rebutted it in a page-by-page analysis before the researchers arrived on Thursday to present scheduled testimony.


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David Sunderland: Three fiscal facts you haven’t heard

For five years, Democrats have refused to listen to the fiscally responsible voices of Vermont, and they have refused to listen to their constituents.

Douglas Gladstone: Recognition sought for stonecarver

Sen. Patrick Leahy needs to put on his cowl and cape and help the late Luigi Del Bianco.

Shumlin: Economic growth is key to agenda for progress

If we’re to really make progress for Vermont families, we need to combine increased affordability with expanded job growth and economic opportunity.

Quote of the Day

“I believe very strongly in advancing policy that will help Vermonters lead healthier lives, however, the proposal to tax beverages containing added sugar is not the way to address our shared goal.” — Sen. John Campbell, D-Windsor

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