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SAU 6 Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin, left, Stevens High School Principal Pat Barry, middle, and Stevens High School Building Manager Richard Plourde tour the high school Tuesday, August 19, 2014 prior to its opening Thursday, August 27. Portions of the school are prepared to be moved into while others are in the final stages of demolition.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Stevens a Work in Progress: School Year Brings New Leader, Ongoing Renovations

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Claremont — Though she begins her first year next week as principal of Stevens High School in the midst of a major renovation, Patricia Barry will gladly accept the short-term disruption for the long term benefit to the students and the community. New windows that bring in more natural light, the complete rebuilding of most of the classrooms and other …

Lebanon College To Close; School Cancels Fall Classes

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lebanon — Following years of economic turmoil, Lebanon College has canceled all of its classes for the upcoming fall semester in what is likely “the first step towards closing” the school, President Ron Biron said in an email Monday evening. “Without a substantive increase in enrollment across the board and particularly in the areas of our allied health programs and certificates, we feel …

Holcombe Defends Vt. Schools

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Virtually every public school in Vermont has been labeled as “low-performing” under the federal government’s No Child Left Behind Act, and the state’s secretary of education is outraged. But Rebecca Holcombe is not angry about the seemingly poor performance of her state’s schools. Rather, she takes umbrage at an evaluation process she thinks …

Cornish Revises Comment Period

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cornish — Despite opposition from several Cornish residents, the School Board on Monday passed a resolution revising the board’s policy on public participation, removing language from the old policy that encouraged public input at board meetings. More than 30 people attended the meeting, and according to Glenn Thornton, …

S. Royalton, VLS Mourn Ex-President

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

South Royalton — Geoffrey B. Shields had a rare gift for paying attention. Students remember the affable former dean of Vermont Law School hiking with them to Kent’s Ledge and hosting dinners with his wife, Genie. They remember …

Stitching Up Childhood Friends

Friday, August 1, 2014

Windsor — When I heard about Sue Spears’ new teddy bear clinic at the Windsor Public Library, I immediately wanted to take my childhood teddy bear, Pink Bear, to Spears, so she could work her magic. When I …

Boards Weigh Closing Elementary Schools in Barnard, Bridgewater

Friday, August 1, 2014

Woodstock — School boards in the Windsor Central Supervisory Union are expected to hear more information in coming weeks about a plan to close two of the district’s elementary schools, a consolidation that would leave Barnard and Bridgewater without a public school within their towns and reconfigure the …

Cornish Combines Elementary Grades

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cornish — The School Board voted this month to reconfigure the Cornish Elementary School class grades — combining grades one and two, as well as three and four — following the departure of a teacher to another school district. The board had previously voted to combine grades two, …

River Valley Community College to Present Award to Hypertherm Exec

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Claremont — For her years of support of efforts to train and employ graduates of River Valley Community College in Claremont, and to generally widen access to job training, the school will confer its Walter R. Peterson Award on Hypertherm’s Barbara Couch. Couch, Hypertherm’s vice president of corporate …

Respected Vermont Law School Professor Dies

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

South Royalton — The community at Vermont Law School is mourning the death of professor Cheryl Hanna, an expert in constitutional law familiar to many from her frequent media appearances, where she worked to explain how law impacted …

3-D Printer Programming in Windsor

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ian Mitchell, 15, of Thetford, left, and Bradon Jarvis, 14, of Claremont, use Tinkercad, an open source design software, to create key chains, cups and slingshot planes with a 3-D printer at the American Precision Museum in Windsor …

Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine Gets Interim Dean

Friday, July 18, 2014

Lebanon — A biochemical researcher without a medical degree has been tapped to serve as interim dean of Dartmouth’s financially troubled Geisel School of Medicine during a transition that a college spokeswoman said was expected to take “a …

Claremont Fills School Board; Heated Discussion Amongst Members

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Claremont — Andrew O’Hearne, a Claremont police officer and Democratic state rep, was chosen to replace Kristin Kenniston on the School Board in a 5-1 vote Wednesday night after a heated discussion that lasted more than an hour. Board members Richard Madigan and Becky Ferland switched their votes …