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During the public discussion portion of Hartford's school meeting in White River Junction, Vt., on March 29, 2014, Sue Buckholz, of West Hartford, Vt., speaks about the quality of education her children received in the Hartford School District after she moved to the town from Norwich. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen)

Wide-Ranging Debate in Hartford

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hartford — After cruising through the basic warning articles for both the town and the school district at the annual floor meeting on Saturday, residents engaged in a lively, wide-ranging conversation about the town’s schools, touching on everything from the role of standardized testing in education to the connections between the school district and the health of the local economy, as well as the perception of the school district’s quality and how that squares — or doesn’t — with reality. “This has been a very, very interesting discussion because it’s sort of wandered all over the pasture, from one point to another,” School Board member …

Unity Voters Pass School Bond

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Claremont — Unity students in grades K-8 should be in their new school by September after voters at the annual school meeting Saturday passed a $2.75 million bond to complete construction. With 75 percent of those present voting yes, the 276-90 approval was more than enough to meet the required 66 percent majority …

Tie Vote Forces Recount in Grafton

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Grafton — Officials will convene at the town office building tonight to recount votes for an article that resulted in a tie during ballot voting at Town Meeting last week. The Selectboard, town clerk and moderator will gather at 5:30 p.m. to recount the 562 votes cast on article 5, which asked voters to raise $12,000 through taxes to fix the most pressing …

Vermont Town Meeting 2014 Photo Gallery: It’s All in the Details

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Vermont Town Meeting 2014 through the lenses of Valley News photographers. Find complete Town Meeting coverage, including stories and results, at …

Hartford: Track, Field Fail; White River School OK’d

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Hartford — Voters on Tuesday approved a $3.6 million plan to upgrade the White River School but rejected a School Board request to borrow another $3 million to complete recreational projects at Hartford High School. Meanwhile, residents voting …

Ray School Project Passes

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Hanover — A $5.8 million bond to pay for renovating the Ray Elementary School passed with 72.4 percent of voters in support. The bond required a two-thirds, or 66 percent, majority to pass, and it handily did so by a vote of 570-217. The renovation will fix a …

Town Clerk Out In Pomfret

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Pomfret — The public campaign by current and former town officials to oust incumbent Town Clerk Lynne Leavitt came to fruition at the annual Town Meeting on Tuesday, but it wasn’t the closely contested election that residents had …

Royalton Will Build Offices

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Royalton — Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bond of up to $600,000 to construct a new town office building on the old Crawford Auto Land property on Route 14, a key step in the plan to move town employees from a scattering of offices, including cramped quarters …

Vershire Tax Payment Schedule Debated

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Vershire — Town general fund, highway and fire budgets that held the line on spending from last year passed easily on Tuesday and Selectboard Chairman Marc McKee fended off challenger Timothy Ward to win re-election to his seat. The $262,203 general fund budget is up nearly $9,400 from …

Tunbridge Selectboard Incumbent Unseated; Public Bank Resolution Passes; Dairy Contract Tabled

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Tunbridge — As a Dartmouth College undergraduate in the early 2000s, Erin Gooch became enamored of Tunbridge while driving Vermont’s back roads as a way to spend free time. Now, the 34-year-old will have the chance to help steer policy in town. Unseating incumbent Bob Dunkle, her Spring …

Thetford Selectman Turns Back Challenge From Former Police Officer

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Thetford — Voters approved the $8 million school budget, 378-183, during Australian ballot voting Tuesday, and also re-elected a Selectboard incumbent to a three-year seat. John Bacon, a retired pipefitter, defeated a challenge from former part-time patrolman Wayne Briggs, 312-188. In a race for a two-year School Board …

Strafford OKs 22 Percent Increase in Town Taxes

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Strafford — Penalties for late taxes and Strafford’s $140,000 deficit dominated discussion at Tuesday’s nearly five-hour Town Meeting, which started at 9 a.m., broke for lunch a half-hour late, and resumed after the school meeting. On the school …

Higher Budgets, Taxes OK’d in Sharon

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sharon — Voters at Town Meeting overwhelmingly approved $1.3 million in municipal and highway budgets Tuesday that could raise taxes as much as 15 percent during the coming fiscal year. After an explanation of the spending plans by town officials and limited questions from those attending the annual …