Author: Courtney Lamdin

District airs pre-K options at forum

Milton Town School District will have a pre-kindergarten program next year – the question is where the school board will put it. School administrators hosted a forum Wednesday night outlining two options for relocating the district’s two pre-K classrooms, a move necessitated by burgeoning student populations that have left the current site at Milton Elementary too crowded. About two-dozen community members showed to the forum, hosted at Milton High School, superintendent Ann Bradshaw’s preferred location to house the district’s youngest children. Expecting concerns about pre-K kids intermixing with high school students, administrators brought a map showing the proposed pick-up/drop-off...

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Joint meeting covers audits, policing, shared services

Members of Milton’s school and selectboards convened a joint meeting Monday night, the first one since the governing bodies finalized a shared services agreement aimed at finding efficiencies. The agenda covered shared auditing services, a school capital plan and the possibility of hiring another school resource police officer for additional safety and education. Most were talking points rather than action items, with only the auditing decision coming to a formal vote. The boards approved hiring Sullivan Powers & Company, the only auditors that responded to the joint request for proposals. The contract will cost the town $27,000 in fiscal...

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Dog park to open this fall

The town of Milton plans to open its long-awaited dog park this fall, as long as one last study doesn’t get in the way. The park is planned for a three-acre plot at Bombardier Park West, just behind the Bill Black Little League Field. The town has earmarked $36,000 to convert the forested land there into a level field for dogs of all sizes to play. And therein lies the issue. Since the project requires digging, the Vt. Division for Historic Preservation said construction could disturb “significant pre-contact Native American archaeological sites.” As such, the state has required a...

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Forum to discuss pre-K move – Admin: There’s no space at Herrick

Classrooms at the Herrick Ave. elementary school are packed. Reading interventionists and special educators have worked out of storage closets, and with higher expected class sizes, there’s not much relief in sight, school officials say. As such, the district has planned a public forum next week to discuss relocating its two pre-kindergarten programs to Milton High School or the district offices at Milton Elementary/Middle School. Either option would consolidate both pre-K classrooms in one building – one is located offsite at Little Feats Too – and could possibly increase enrollment by four students, said Wendy Cunningham, MTSD early education...

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Preavys take case to Vt. Supreme Court

The family of late hazing victim Jordan Preavy has taken their case to the Vermont Supreme Court. Parties appeared in the state’s highest court on Tuesday morning, where family attorney Robert Appel laid out the reasons justices should reverse a superior court judge’s dismissal of the case and send it to a jury. “The responsible adults fell asleep at the switch, causing tragic, catastrophic results,” he told the court. “We believe that the trial court erred in not giving benefit of the doubt to our claims.” The Preavy family sued the Milton Town School District for negligence in 2015,...

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