Month: August 2016

Idell R. Snodell

Idell R. Snodell, 91, of Milton, passed away peacefully on Thursday night, Aug. 18, 2016 at the Green Mountain Nursing Home in Colchester. Idell was born Sept. 4, 1924 in Farmington, Mo. For many years, Idell lived with her son and daughter-in-law, Howard and Jean Smith of Milton, and later on went to live with Bruce and Kim Giguere of Milton. She lived with them for eight years. Idell drove 18-wheelers for many years and loved to go gambling with her friends. She had a very special friend, George Hubbard of Milton, who spent a lot of time with...

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Redefining choice

It’s no secret what two words will make most Georgia residents’ ears perk up: school choice. But school board and community members charged with studying Franklin West Supervisory Union’s future under the landmark education reform law Act 46 are looking to redefine exactly what choice means. This summer, the 10-person committee split to study two options for unification: Asking the state to preserve FWSU through a Fairfax/Fletcher merger with Georgia standing alone as an alternative structure, and a three-town merger with a new high school. The group knows the latter will be the tougher sell. The five subcommittee members...

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Introducing Milton’s newest educators

Each year, the Milton Independent introduces the community to new teachers at the Milton Town School District. Below, meet seven new teachers. Welcome to Milton! Alyssa Kotsiopoulos I am a: Kindergarten special educator I live in: Burlington When I’m not in school, you can find me: Relaxing with friends and family, walking around downtown Burlington and eating Chipotle. I chose this career because: I love teaching children the importance of lifelong learning, how to work through challenges and how to celebrate successes. I’m most looking forward to: Forming relationships with my teammates and students and getting ready to celebrate all...

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New admin team in place

A whole new leadership team will greet kids entering Milton Elementary and Middle School next week. Three all-new principals were just hired for the lower grade levels. Mary Fitzgerald was named pre-K-2 principal, Bridget Gagne the interim 3-5 principal and Becky Day the middle school principal. Day was offered a two-year probationary contract, while Fitzgerald and Gagne have one-year agreements, documents show. They fill vacancies created by outgoing principals Troy Nolan-Watkins, Lynne Manley – who is now curriculum and technology director – and Marcel Choquette. Angela Filion, a longtime elementary school teacher, was named pre-K-5 assistant principal and has...

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New director brings focus to facilities

Three months on the job, Bruce Cheeseman still has trouble finding his way around Milton High School, but as he wanders the halls, the changes he’s made are evident. Cheeseman, who comes from a construction background ranging from a long-term stint as superintendent of Pizzagalli Construction (now PC Construction), to working on government border patrol projects, steps into the role of facilities director this year. First on the list of things to do, he said, is looking at safety and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, an issue highlighted in a 2012 accreditation report and one...

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