Newport Board Seeks Permission for Revote

Board Wants Permission to Revote Two Warrant Articles

Newport — In response to a filing by a Newport resident asking the Sullivan County Superior Court to order the school district to hold a special election because of errors on the March 12 ballot, the School Board has voted to seek court permission for a revote on the two incorrect warrant articles.

School Board member Liz Hennig said yesterday the board voted 5-0 to ask the court to hold a special school meeting to revote articles 7 and 8. The board wants to hold the vote May 14, the same day as the annual town meeting. Hennig said she could not comment further on the non-public deliberations by the board Thursday before the vote. She referred questions to superintendent Irwin Sussman, who did not return a message left for him.

On Thursday, the school district’s attorney Kathleen Peahl, said the district disagrees with the assertion in the filing by Bert Spaulding Sr., that the entire election should be voided because of two incorrect articles. At the March 12 vote, article 7 asked voters for $100,000 from any budget surplus to be placed in the transportation capital reserve fund. The figure should have been $1, the amount the article was amended to at the February deliberative session. Article 8, which should have sought $100,000 for the special education reserve fund, instead read $1. There were no other ballot errors. The error was discovered the day after the vote and the school district said it would ask the state Department of Administration to declare both articles invalid. Article 7 failed; article 8 passed.

A hearing on Spaulding’s petition is scheduled for April 5 in Superior Court.

Vermont Police Dogs to Receive Protective Vests

Waterbury, Vt. — Vermont State Police announced that 11 K-9 police dogs with the Vermont State Police will receive bullet- and stab-protective vests as the result of a national campaign run by a non-profit organization.

Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc., ran the campaign from March 13 through March 20, partnering with Groupon Grassroots, which collected the donations through its secure website.

They raised more than $155,000 to provide the ballistic vests to 163 police K-9s nationwide. Each vest costs $950 and has a 5-year warranty.

In Vermont, K-9 dogs named Arrow, Vincent, Drager, Argus, Cole, Reiko, Sandy, Kovu, Cairo, Burke and Casko will be outfitted with the vests. Photos of the dogs are available on the Vermont State Police Facebook page (

Vested Interest in K-9s continues to accept donations through its website,, and via mail at P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02178.

Lockdown at Unity School After Shot Heard

Unity — The Unity Elementary School went into lock down yesterday after a gun was fired nearby during a domestic dispute.

New Hampshire State Police responded to a residence on Stone Road in Unity at 11:35 a.m. yesterday for a reported domestic dispute. During the dispute, one of the people involved stepped out of the residence and discharged a firearm.

The Unity Elementary School went into lock down as a precaution, but the school was not at risk, according to state police.

The state police determined no criminal action was conducted during the domestic dispute and no arrests were made.

— Staff Reports