Month: February 2013

Letter: Say no to school budget

Thank you, Jim Lyons, for the moral courage to stand up and vote ‘No’ on the proposed 6.5 percent increase to the school budget. Teacher health insurance costs shot up 14 percent? Teachers will have to pick up an extra work load because of cuts in support staff? Proposed salary increases cut? No cell phones for staff? Welcome to the world of Obamanomics, where personal finances are going to get even worse, once ObamaCare kicks in. Just how much do teachers actually pay for their health insurance compared to what you pay??? Hasn’t your insurance costs increased, as well?...

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Letter: An open letter

[On February 13,] I was at the store picking up supplies for my 9-month-old little boy, at home with his mommy and siblings and sick with a cough and other symptoms of a cold. Around 7:30 p.m., I received a cell phone call from my audibly upset wife (who normally has nerves of steel) saying Sam just had a 45-second bout of coughing, after which he had a hard time catching his breath. I rushed home, and with a couple of calls to our pediatric practice’s on-call nurse, we determined he needed to get to the hospital. We didn’t...

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Letter: Update on food service costs

The Milton Town School District’s food service program (FSP) lost money during the 2011-12 school year. This was described at length in a Milton Independent article published last year. Changes were made to the program since that time to address the underlying problems. While the current school year is not over, we felt it is important to update the Milton community on where things now stand. Through Feb. 29, 2012, FSP costs had exceeded revenues by $93,694. The situation worsened over the remainder of the school year and the FSP ended the year with a deficit. As of Feb....

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Letter: Georgia School Board statement on status of teacher contract negotiations

1. The Georgia Education Association and the Georgia Board of School Directors have been negotiating a successor agreement to the 2010-2012 Master Agreement since November 2011. 2. The negotiation started with a Franklin West Supervisory Union-wide attempt to find one agreement between all three town districts and teacher associations. By mutual agreement, all entities involved decided to negotiate on their own in their own districts. 3. Fairfax and Fletcher both reached agreement quickly last winter. (BFA 2 years at 3.9 percent, FES year one moved to BFA salary schedule – year two 2.34 percent). 4. Collective bargaining in Vermont...

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Win streak reaches six

Milton continued to come out on top in tight hockey games, earning a 4-3 victory over Mt. Mansfield on Saturday when Jackson Hickey scored in overtime for the team’s sixth straight win. It was the fourth one-goal victory and second straight in overtime during that winning streak for Milton. Mt. Mansfield led 1-0 after one period Saturday at the Essex Skating Facility, but Milton got an unassisted goal from Seth Amstein in the second period and forced overtime with a pair of third-period scores less than three minutes apart — by Brandon Cardinal off assists from Ben Jackson and...

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