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Town Meeting

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 …

Plainfield Approves Budget

Monday, March 17, 2014

Plainfield — As residents fi led into the Plainfield Elementary School gym for this year’s floor meeting, Selectman Rob Taylor took to the microphone. “I can assure you that we hope to get out of here soon, because the sap is hopefully going to start running today,” he …

Springfield To Purchase New Truck

Monday, March 17, 2014

Springfield, n.h. — Voters overwhelmingly approved the purchase of a new truck for the highway department at Town Meeting on Saturday. The $151,000 warrant article for the truck was the single largest spending article of the day other than the budget, although the town anticipates $52,000 of the …

Enfield Voters Back Dog Park Plan

Monday, March 17, 2014

Enfield — All spending articles easily passed at Town Meeting on Saturday, and residents participated in a lively discussion in support of a proposed dog park. Voters unanimously approved nearly $5.5 million in overall municipal spending, including water …

Unity Rejects $35,000 for New Gazebo

Monday, March 17, 2014

Unity — A $35,000 appropriation to complete the new gazebo on the town common was the only article defeated during Saturday’s nearly two-hour Town Meeting. Ironically, John Callum, who has directed the gazebo project, argued strongly against the appropriation. “I really don’t want the money,” said Callum, who …

Dorchester Residents OK Town Hall Repairs

Monday, March 17, 2014

Dorchester — All spending articles passed with a voice vote on Saturday, including appropriations that will allow the town to make repairs to Town Hall and create new, digital tax maps. Voters met at Town Hall and approved the $437,602 budget. They also gave permission to appropriate $15,000 …

Croydon OKs Budgets, Not Kindergarten

Monday, March 17, 2014

Croydon — Voters adopted both their town and school budgets Saturday, but rejected a proposal to expand full-day kindergarten from three to five days. Nine articles passed as warned at Town Meeting, while one passed after an amendment. …

Oxbow Budget Restores Teacher

Friday, March 14, 2014

Residents in Bradford and Newbury, Vt., will vote on the 2014-2015 budget for Oxbow Union High School and several other articles by Australian ballot, on Tuesday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bradford voters will cast …

Mascoma Supporters Celebrate

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

West Canaan — After learning that the Mascoma High renovation bond passed by 63 percent, School Board member Cookie Hebert stopped at the high school on her way home from the SAU’s administrative office and sat in the empty parking lot and looked up at the school. “To …

Town Moderators: Making Meetings Move

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Cornish — An hour before convening the business portion of Tuesday’s Town Meeting, Gwyn Gallagher was starting to get nervous. “It doesn’t really ever go away, I think,” said Gallagher, Cornish’s town and school moderator. The jitters aren’t …