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Amid workforce shortage, Hanover budget includes higher personnel costs
03-31-2024 7:00 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

HANOVER — The Selectboard will vote on Monday on a proposed $35.6 million operating budget for the next fiscal year that increases general fund spending by approximately 6%.The board will host a public hearing before the vote to allow residents to...

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Delayed votes on reduced Vermont school budgets set for April
03-29-2024 6:00 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

Seven Upper Valley school districts will hold budget votes between now and April 15 in an extended budget season plagued by soaring education costs and uncertainty about the tax impacts of school spending.Since rescinding their previously approved...


Weathersfield School District annual meeting preview
03-29-2024 4:32 PM

Article of note: An article proposes applying $100,000 of last year’s surplus to the capital reserve fund. Contested races: There are no contested races.Budget and spending articles: The proposed operating budget is $8.4 million, up from $7.5 million...


Rivendell Interstate School District annual meeting preview
03-29-2024 4:17 PM

Articles of note: Voters in the four towns served by the Rivendell Interstate School District will decide whether to permanently move their annual meeting day from the evening of the third Thursday in March to the third Saturday in March. The article...


Mount Ascutney School District annual meeting preview
03-29-2024 4:13 PM

Contested races: Elections for school officers for the two-town district were held in early March.Budget and spending articles: The proposed operating budget is $14.8 million, which is up from last year’s $13.7 million budget. The board originally...


Hartland School District annual meeting preview
03-29-2024 4:09 PM

Article of note: An article proposes to withdraw $10,000 from the capital reserve fund to address safety issues on the elementary school playground and to purchase small play items as needed. Contested races: Elections for school officers were held in...


Hartford School District annual meeting preview
03-29-2024 4:08 PM

Article of note: Hartford voters will consider whether to approve a $21 million bond for improvements to buildings throughout the district. Contested races: School Board elections were held on Town Meeting Day.Budget and spending articles: The...


Budget cut discussion on Hartford School Board agenda
03-26-2024 7:31 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — The School Board Wednesday night will address a revised budget that slashes teaching and staff positions and delivers a gut punch to the athletic department, eliminating four sports programs.The new budget also postpones the search for a...


Hartford cuts teachers as part of $2.1 million budget reduction
03-14-2024 8:33 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — The School Board approved a revised budget Wednesday that would cut 22 teaching and support staff positions to the disappointment of the teachers union.Superintendent Tom DeBalsi noted that 16 of the positions are currently vacant due to...


Weathersfield School Board delays annual meeting to allow time for budget cuts
02-27-2024 7:00 PM

WEATHERSFIELD — The School Board voted Monday to postpone all school district voting, previously scheduled for Tuesday, March 5.An alternate date has not yet been set.The School Board decided to delay voting so it could revisit the school budget and...


Some Upper Valley school districts postpone budget votes amid changes in Vermont’s funding formula
02-23-2024 5:35 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

HARTFORD — On Feb. 12, the Mount Ascutney School Board became the first district in the Upper Valley to formally remove a 2023-24 budget proposal from an approved Town Meeting warning.Strafford school officials followed three days later. After them...


Norwich Selectboard seeks input into how to use $1.1 million surplus
01-16-2024 3:03 AM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

NORWICH — Having ratified a budget proposal for fiscal year 2025 last month, the Norwich Selectboard now needs to determine how to appropriate a $1.1 million surplus, with many funding needs to consider. The Selectboard will hold two meetings this...


Lebanon City Council approves $115.6 million budget
12-14-2023 9:44 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

LEBANON — The city budget for next year includes funding for a new downtown fire station, a seasonal emergency shelter and additional staffing to better assist residents in need of support services. On Wednesday, the City Council voted unanimously to...


Lebanon Human Services Department seeks more funds to address growing needs
12-13-2023 4:40 AM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

LEBANON — The Department of Human Services is seeking a 45% increase in its annual operating budget next year and added staffing to help serve an exponential increase in residents seeking assistance with housing, fuel and other needs.On Wednesday, the...


Norwich police say lack of new contract hampers hiring
12-02-2023 2:42 AM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

NORWICH — Police recruitment and staffing remain a challenge due to budget constraints and the lack of a new collective bargaining agreement, according to town Police Department staff.The town is entering its fifth month without a contract with the...


Lebanon Fire Department seeks grant for 8 new positions
11-03-2023 10:01 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

LEBANON — Concerned that city’s two fire stations are understaffed, city councilors have authorized Fire Chief James Wheatley to apply for federal grants to hire up to eight new firefighters.Wheatley initially asked to apply for enough funds to...


Lebanon city manager pitches budget with nearly 5% tax increase
11-01-2023 10:21 PM

By PATRICK ADRIAN

LEBANON — The initial city budget proposal for next year would result in an estimated 4.6% increase in the municipal portion of the property tax rate.In an overview of the spending plan, city administrators attribute the rising operating costs to a...


Public hearing on Lebanon school budget proposal scheduled for Saturday
01-09-2023 4:42 PM

By PATRICK ADRIANValley News Staff Writer

LEBANON — The Lebanon School Board will hold a public hearing on Wednesday for a 2023-2024 school operating budget proposal and additional warrant articles that will go before city voters for approval in March. Last month the Lebanon School Board...

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