Author: Joel Lehman

Scott proposal hangs over teacher negotiations

FAIRFAX — Gov. Phil Scott’s proposal to level fund state education spending may affect contract negotiations between the teachers’ association and school boards in Franklin West Supervisory Union. After the sides appeared to move closer toward a contract after their fifth meeting January 10, the tone last Wednesday was less optimistic. “The governor’s address put us in a tough position. Our flexibility has been reduced,” a board representative from Fairfax said, adding Scott’s mandate could mean losing up to eight teaching jobs in Fairfax. “This is huge.” Scott’s plan mandates level funding by local school boards and pushes the...

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Yellowjackets continue winning streak

SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Yellowjackets continued their unbeaten streak through four games of their six-game homestand, topping Burlington 3-1 last Saturday. With junior goaltender Lucas Tourville getting the start over freshman starter Jack Ehler and first-line center Brendan Green receiving a night off after an injury last Wednesday against Missisquoi, the Milton boys played efficiently to beat the Seahorses, riding two goals from team scoring leading Devon Jackson and allowing just 10 shots on goal. Jackson, who tallied a hat trick two games prior against Burr & Burton Academy, jumped on a turnover at the Milton blue line, setting...

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FWSU, board agree on health care

GEORGIA – Concessions by both sides allowed the Franklin West Supervisory Union Education Association and the FWSU board to move closer to a deal on a new teachers’ contract last Tuesday evening. FWSU board representatives agreed to parts of the education association’s health care proposal, which includes coverage for 80 percent of the premium for a gold plan, plus a health reimbursement account to cover a large portion of teachers’ out-of-pocket costs. In return, the association agreed to strongly consider the board’s salary proposal, which stands at salary increases of 2.08, 2.45 and 2.96 percent in each year of...

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Third-quarter burst carries Spartans

MILTON — A third quarter in which the Yellowjackets were outscored 17-5 was the difference last Thursday in a 43-32 loss to visiting Winooski. The Milton girls (2-4) dropped their fourth game in a row despite holding a narrow two-point halftime lead, one that quickly evaporated with a 10-1 Spartans run in the first five minutes of the third frame. It wasn’t until the 2:44 mark of the third when Cassidy Button, who led the Yellowjackets with 18 points, finally ended the run by hitting Milton’s first shot from the field in the half. “A complete fall-apart,” Milton coach...

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FWSU to negotiate faculty contracts in public session

  For the first time, Franklin West Supervisory Union will be negotiating teacher contracts in public instead of in closed session. The agreement to hold the meetings in public was reached at the first meeting of representatives from FWSU and the teachers’ associations of the Georgia, Fairfax and Fletcher schools on October 25. FWSU faculty contracts will expire in June. Mark Ladue, a teachers’ association representative from Fairfax, expressed concerns, saying traditional closed-door negotiations allow for more frank conversation, while open meetings are not conducive to honest conversation. Ladue said holding negotiations in closed session is a long-standing tradition....

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