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Local taxpayers to see double-digit increases in ed tax rates, again

February 21, 2024
MVSU district budget, yield, rates, effect on taxes, questioned By Polly Mikula The difference between a projected statewide yield per student of $10,250 and $9,775, probably doesn’t cause alarm for most. But the effect on local taxes could be significant: to the tune of a 11% increase in the base equalized tax rate and a15%-30%…

Woodstock middle school/high school reopened Thursday after threat closed school Wednesday

February 16, 2024
Submitted Staff report On Wednesday, Feb. 14, the Mountain View School District (MVSD) administration received information about a potential threat to the Woodstock middle and high school. After speaking with police, they determined that the campus would be closed until law enforcement and crisis intervention agencies determined the campus was safe. The school district administration…

Bill eliminating smart devices in Vt schools aims to improve student health — but education leaders uncertain

February 15, 2024
By Holly Sullivan/Community News Service Editor’s note: The Community News Service is a program in which University of Vermont students work with professional editors to provide content for local news outlets at no cost. Laura Derriendinger wants to protect Vermont children from social media, or as she defined it to Senate Education Committee members Jan. 26, “a…

Lawmakers move to replace controversial property tax cap with targeted ‘discount’

February 15, 2024
Late change affects formulas for all school district budgets, rates By Habib Sabet/VTDigger Lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill that would replace a controversial 5% cap on homestead property tax rates with a new tax “discount” on those rates for certain school districts. The bill, H.850, would scrap the blanket 5% property tax cap originally included in Act…

The 70+ Club: Keeping seniors active

February 14, 2024
By Karen D. Lorentz Lloyd Lambert (1901-1997) was a successful businessman, eminent ski journalist, and passionate skier who founded the 70+ Ski Club in 1977.  “This club for seniors, which continues to thrive today, is really a culmination of a life spent promoting a sport my grandfather loved,” Richard Lambert, Jr. told the Mountain Times. …

State ‘road map’ to aid school construction needs gains traction

February 7, 2024
By Ethan Weinstein/VTDigger A long-awaited report on how Vermont should address its billions of dollars in school construction needs arrived in the Legislature on Thursday, Feb. 1. In short, the report suggests the state should consider incentivizing districts to build in ways that align with the state’s goals. That could mean a “newer and fewer” approach,…

MVSU revises TMD articles 

February 7, 2024
Submitted   School Board decreases budget in anticipation of Act 127 reforms By Polly Mikula At an emergency meeting Friday, Feb. 2, the Mountain Views Supervisory Union (MVSU) district board voted to amend two Town Meeting Day (TMD) articles related to the proposed district budget and bond for a new school. The decision came after…

Construction on Killington’s municipal waterline is underway

February 7, 2024
By Polly Mikula Construction has begun with an access road from East Mountain Road up to the water storage tank and is about half completed. Casella Construction Inc. with subcontractor Maine Drilling & Blasting has been working on the first section of its Contract 1-3A for the town of Killington since early December. The section,…

Poultney to study municipal merger

January 31, 2024
  (DHCD) recently awarded $10,377 to the town of Poultney in state municipal planning grant funds for a municipal merger feasibility study, the town announced in a news release Jan. 26. Poultney currently has two municipalities that govern the community: the town of Poultney and the village of Poultney. As the community continues its recovery…

Act 127: changes to state education financing make school budgets puzzling

January 31, 2024
By Ethan Weinstein/VTDigger Conversations around education finance — often lamented as one of Montpelier’s most complicated and least understood policy sectors — have taken on an alarmed tenor as lawmakers and Gov. Phil Scott’s administration fear the latest changes to the system might be driving up education spending in unexpected ways. Now, lawmakers must grapple with…

Fire destroys Neil home in Killington, pets perished

January 31, 2024
  By Victoria Gaither A residential structure fire decimated one of the oldest houses in Killington last week.    By Polly Mikula A fast-burning fire rendered one of the oldest houses in Killington a total loss early Wednesday morning, Jan. 24. The Neil family lived at 202 Old Route 4, just east of Killington Road.…

Fire destroys Neil home in Killington, several pets perished

January 25, 2024
By Polly Mikula KILLINGTON — A fast-burning fire rendered one of the oldest houses in Killington a total loss early Wednesday morning, Jan. 24. The Neil family lived at 202 Old Route 4, tucked away above Kent Pond on a remnant of the old two-lane road over Sherburne Pass that preceded the 1960s highway improvements…

Killington Resort partners with Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum for new interactive exhibit  

January 24, 2024
  A new, interactive exhibit depicting Killington Resort at the Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum in Rutland opened on Friday, Jan. 19.   The Killington Resort Mountain Playground exhibit is the largest in the museum’s new space on Merchants Row and spans all four seasons of mountain adventure.  “Children will be fully immersed in all the activities Killington has to…

MVSU continues information campaign on $99m new school bond

January 24, 2024
Submitted By Polly Mikula Ben Ford, vice chair of the Mountain Views Supervisory Union (MVSU) board, and other leaders from MVSU presented plans for the proposed $99 million bond at the Killington Select Board meeting Monday night, as they have done and will continue to do in all seven district towns leading up to the…

23 rescued from Killington’s backcountry in sub-zero temps

January 24, 2024
By Bob Giolito Volunteers search for missing skiers/riders via the Bucklin Trail in Mendon. By Victoria Gaither and Polly Mikula On Saturday, Jan. 20, multiple groups of skiers and snowboarders, including six juveniles (two of whom were 5 years old), ventured past Killington Ski Resort boundaries and ended up lost in the backcountry, in an…