Author: Michaela Halnon

Colchester school board makes solar selection

After several months of deliberation, the Colchester School Board unanimously agreed to move forward with an offsite solar project with Green Lantern Group at its March 6 meeting. The 500-kilowatt array would save the district an estimated $17,735 per year for the next 20 years, according to a GLG analysis. The school will keep 88 percent of the net metering credits from the panels. “To me it just seems like there’s no reason not to do it,” school board member Lincoln White said last Tuesday, asking district business manager George Trieb for reasons the board should say no. Trieb...

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Colchester voters gave all thumbs up this Town Meeting Day, passing both town and school budgets, a town clerk charter amendment and regionalized dispatch. A majority of residents also chose incumbent Mike Rogers for school board, the lone contested election on this year’s ballot. Meanwhile, at pre-Town Meeting Day, officials announced assistant town manager Aaron Frank would take over as town manager after Dawn Francis retires in April. Read all about it below:   Voters pass dispatch, clerk change Residents say ‘yes’ to budgets Frank named next town manager School board chair narrowly defeats...

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Residents say ‘yes’ to school, town budget proposals

Residents gave thumbs up to both proposed budgets this Town Meeting Day, voting 1,685 to 968 in favor of the town budget and 1,482 to 1,211 in favor of the school budget, according to unofficial numbers provided by town manager Dawn Francis. School superintendent Amy Minor said the district was thrilled to have the continued support of the community, in an emailed statement Tuesday night. “They demonstrated today that our schools are an integral part of Colchester’s future,” Minor wrote. “With the approval of the [fiscal year 2019] school budget, we will continue to foster excellence in our children’s...

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Board chooses Frank for next town manager

Aaron Frank, Colchester’s assistant town manager and chief financial officer, will take over for outgoing town manager Dawn Francis in May, town officials announced at Monday night’s pre-Town Meeting event. Francis disclosed her impending retirement at a selectboard meeting in January, resolving to travel and take on new adventures with her family. The board had not spoken publicly about efforts to hire a replacement since then. “The selectboard is extremely thrilled and looking forward to a continued working relationship with Aaron Frank as our new town manager,” selectboard chairwoman Nadine Scibek said. “We have every confidence in his ability...

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School board chair narrowly defeats challenger

School board chairman Mike Rogers narrowly defeated challenger Lisa Maynes in the only contested election on this year’s Town Meeting Day ballot, earning 1,119 votes to Maynes’ 1,094, according to an unofficial tally provided by town manager Dawn Francis. Maynes, the director of family support – health at the Vermont Family Network, told the Sun in January she was running “as a parent” and hoped to bring a voice that had been missing from the board. “This is my first go at something like this,” Maynes said. School board member Lindsey Cox was unopposed in her quest for another...

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