Author: Kaylee Sullivan

MFD knocks down Village Dr. fire

The Milton Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 26 Village Dr. this morning that overtook the home’s garage. Crews received word of the fire around 9:50 a.m., fire Chief Chris Poirier said. Down the road, a few firefighters were giving a demonstration to preschoolers at Little Feats Too Day Care. Within four minutes, they were at the scene and attacking the garage’s exterior flames, he said. “Fire was shooting out the garage doors and up through the front gable and through the house,” Poirier said. A car in the driveway also caught on fire. A second engine...

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TMD: Milton approves regionalized dispatch

In a 1,176 to 533 vote, Miltonians decided to join a unified municipal district that will regionalize emergency dispatch services in Chittenden County. Milton was one of seven towns voting on the measure, along with Colchester, Shelburne, Burlington, South Burlington, Winooski and Williston. All but Shelburne approved regionalization, according to joint survey committee chairman Aaron Frank, Colchester’s assistant town manager. Milton 911 calls are currently dispatched out of Colchester, which has already put money toward leasing a regional center on Gregory Drive in South Burlington. Officials say the plan will provide a career ladder in dispatching, but some critics...

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Milton School Board candidates contend at town hall forum

A majority of the Milton School Board candidates contended in a community-hosted town hall forum last Friday night in the high school auditorium. Sponsored by the Milton Inclusion and Diversity Initiative and the Milton Education and Support Association, the event brought unopposed incumbent Michael Joseph and newcomers Emily Hecker, Jeremy Metcalf (unopposed) and Rick Dooley to center stage. Neither Hecker’s nor Dooley’s opponents — current school board chairwoman Lori Donna and incumbent Greg Burbo, respectively —attended.  Questions from community members, parents, students and teachers were submitted beforehand and filtered by MIDI founder Katrina Battle and moderator Sean Morrissey, both...

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MES celebrates world cultures

Mini flags waved triumphantly in the stands of Milton Elementary School’s gymnasium last Friday as children chanted in support of countries around the world. As the Pyeongchang Olympics neared its closing ceremonies, Milton teachers looked to educate their students on the world’s diversity. Each class chose a country to research, and students studied their respective country’s flag and then wore its colors to school on Friday. In the back left corner of the bleachers, Jamaica was well represented as kids stomped their feet in unison in a sea of green, black and yellow. On the floor, kindergarteners adorned construction...

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Superintendent search survey circulates, committee named

The Milton School Board hired a consultant to lead the district’s ongoing superintendent search and formed a candidate screening committee. Dr. Daniel French, a former Vermont superintendent and current school leadership program coordinator at St. Michael’s College, is leading the search. Community members and the teacher’s union recommended the board hire a consultant once superintendent Ann Bradshaw gave notice in December. “He can help provide that level of separation, if you will, between the board and the process so that it is run with the proper oversight, guidance and direction,” school board member Michael Joseph said. French is currently...

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