Author: Colin Flanders

Milton selected for special education review

Milton Town School District was selected as one of 10 supervisory unions and districts around the state to undergo a special education services review, the Vermont Agency of Education announced last week. The review will pit current special education systems against “research-based best practices” in hopes of identifying efficiencies and cost savings, an AOE press release said.  “I’m just really looking forward to [learning] what are some things we haven’t thought that we might do better,” superintendent Ann Bradshaw said. District Management Council, a Boston-based consulting firm, will perform the study and expects to lay out recommendations to the...

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State board denies tech center change for FWSU

The Center for Technology in Essex received welcome news Tuesday after the Vermont Board of Education denied a request to reassign students from the Franklin West Supervisory Union to a different service region. CTE director Bob Travers said the proposal would have meant losing $640,000 in revenue for the state’s largest tech center if passed — just under 8 percent of its operating budget. This would have inevitably led to teacher layoffs, he said in an interview last week. The proposal came before the state board after FWSU Superintendent Ned Kirsch requested the change last October. His proposal would...

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Police: Milton company loses $100k to embezzlement

A Colchester man is accused of fraudulently racking up more than $100,000 worth of building materials and manual labor from his former employer, police said. Colchester police say Randy Berard, 33, was the construction project manager for JJ Jimmo Development in Milton since 2008. He left in April of this year to begin his own company. Police say dating back to 2014, Berard used his former employer’s staff for independent side jobs while also ordering building materials using his employer’s accounts through local vendors. The vendors would then send invoices to JJ Jimmo Development for the building materials, who...

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Colchester man arrested for selling cocaine

Burlington police say a Colchester man was arrested after selling cocaine near Roosevelt Park on Tuesday. Police say Dennis Russin, 37, based his operation out of a residence on Spring Street in Burlington, where police found 22 grams of crack cocaine in a safe, as well as “drug distribution paraphernalia,” according to a press release. Police say Russin has multiple felony drug cases pending in Chittenden and Windsor counties and has a lengthy criminal history, including 19 misdemeanors and five felony convictions.  ...

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Robbery suspect arrested

Colchester police arrested a Bennington man they say robbed Maplefields on Roosevelt Highway on Sunday night. Police say Tyler Galipeau, 34, entered the store around 9:45 p.m. and told the clerk he was armed “and wanted all of the money,” a press release said. He then left scene with an undisclosed amount. The next day, police arrested Galipeau in connection with the incident. He was due to be arraigned in Vermont Superior Court – Criminal Division on Monday to face a charge of assault and robbery, a press release said. On the same night, two store clerks thwarted separate...

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