Author: Madeline Clark

CSD to change accounting software

In a mandate from the Vermont Legislature, public schools will adopt a unified chart of accounts by July 1, 2019 and make the switch from their current finance management programs to eFinancePlus, by July 1, 2020. For Colchester School District, this means leaving Munis, a system its central office has used for the past 18 years, according to business and operations manager George Trieb. “I see the logic,” Trieb said. “It makes sense, but it’s a big deal because it touches all of the things we do in the back office.” CSD will adopt the software this winter. The...

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School district to receive state grants for security

Two Colchester schools were selected to receive state grants to improve safety and security features. Colchester Middle School and Malletts Bay School will each receive $25,000 to enhance technologies that protect students, faculty and staff, a press release from Gov. Phil Scott’s office said last Wednesday. In June, the district’s schools were among the 261 statewide to apply for the safety grants, a $5 million program passed as part of the budget adjustment bill this past legislative session. The measure received “overwhelming bipartisan support,” according to the letter. “The only thing our kids should have to worry about in...

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Park residents discuss options pending sale

More than 100 people convened at Colchester High School last Tuesday to learn more about their options as Westbury Park, the state’s second largest mobile home community, goes on the market. Fans whirled but were no match for the heat of the room and its occupants. Disgruntled and anxious, the attendees fanned themselves with the handouts provided at the door. “When a park comes up for sale, there’s a lot of anxiety and a lot of unknown fear,” Jonathan Bond, Vermont director of the mobile home program through the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, told the crowd. “Our...

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Causeway in running for hazard mitigation funding

President Donald Trump has signed a major disaster declaration that could help Colchester get federal funding to fix erosion and damage on the Causeway bike path. The approval extended to Chittenden, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange and Orleans counties, all of which sustained damage in a May 4 storm. If Colchester is awarded the aid, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, it may enable the town to continue the work the state began on the Causeway and return the trail to its former condition. Town manager Aaron Frank said the first step Colchester will...

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Sailors compete on Malletts Bay

On Saturday, Aug. 4 and Sunday Aug. 5, the Malletts Bay Boat Club hosted the 16th annual Martin16 sailing regatta for sailors with disabilities who enjoy the competitive sailing experience. There were 18 competitors including locals,  Northeastern and Canadian sailors. Rain interfered with Saturday afternoon’s races, but sailors competed from 9-4 p.m. on Sunday. The event was sponsored this year by the NDAA and aided by the work of volunteers. The regatta helped raise funds for the NDAA; this year, there was a silent auction. Photos by Madeline Clark, Colchester...

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