School news: More students, electric buses, homeless issues

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer The Champlain Valley School District has gained 62 students since the school board made the budget for this school year, and that has led to some budget shortfall. The growth is primarily at Hinesburg Community School, Charlotte Central School and Champlain Valley Union High School, said Jeanne Jensen, the district’s chief… Read More »

RISE works at CVU: Interest-based learning program successful, but school officials plan some adjustments

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer Champlain Valley Union High School Principal Adam Bunting, Librarian Peter Langella and Personal Living Coordinator Carly Rivard gave a presentation on the RISE program at the Champlain Valley School District school board meeting Tuesday. The three were clearly enthusiastic about how the first year of RISE (Reflective Interest-based Student Experiences) went… Read More »

CVSD schools get the lead out

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer The results of the Champlain Valley School District lead testing are in and they show that all of the schools in the district are now under the limits set by the state. During this year’s session, the legislature set the limit for lead levels in school drinking water at 4 ppb… Read More »

Evans and Sivo accepted to Snelling Center Leadership class

The Snelling Center for Government announced that Jeffrey Evans and Scott Sivo of Shelburne have been accepted into the Vermont School Leadership Project’s Class of 2020.  A non-partisan, non-profit organization, the Snelling Center fosters responsible and ethical civic leadership, encourages public service by private citizens and promotes informed citizen participation in shaping public policy in… Read More »

Board discusses school, town meeting relations

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter After some discussion, the school board approved the same Champlain Valley School District calendar for next year that has been used for the past 15 years. At the school board meeting on April 16, Superintendent Elaine Pinckney said that they discussed three different scheduling options concerning Town Meeting Day, one of… Read More »

School board gets lesson in proficiency-based learning

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter The Champlain Valley School District School Board on Tuesday saw a final presentation of proficiency-based instruction and how it works. Teachers from Shelburne Community School and Champlain Valley Union High School demonstrated how the technique works better than traditional testing and grading. Jeff Badillo and Sam Nelson talked about a unit… Read More »

Black Lives Matter flag will fly: CVSD Board approves student-led request by vote of 11-1

By SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter The Black Lives Matter flag will fly at Champlain Valley Union High School. The Champlain Valley School District School Board voted 11-1 in favor of flying the flag Monday night with Russ Caffry of Shelburne casting the lone dissenting vote. After extensive discussion, board member Dave Connery made the motion… Read More »

Talking tolerance: Taking the race conversation beyond CVU

By MADELINE HUGHES Staff Reporter Race and privilege have been at the forefront of Champlain Valley School District’s thoughts. This year, students created the Racial Alliance Committee, which meets in the library on Wednesday mornings. At the past few school board meetings, students from the committee have asked the board to allow the group to… Read More »

Voters approve CVSD $78.9 million budget

Voters approve CVSD $78.9 million budget

By SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter Voters approved all three articles concerning the Champlain Valley School District budget by relatively large margins on Town Meeting Day. However, voter turnout was low, with less than 21 percent of the more than 23,000 registered voters in the district casting ballots. Voters approved Article VII, the $78.9 million budget… Read More »