Tom Marble

School board calls for negotiation mediation

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After four months of teacher contract negotiations, the Colchester School Board declared an impasse at its Wednesday evening session last week. Stemming largely from an inability to find common ground on salary proposals, the impasse will halt upcoming negotiating meetings between the CSB and the Colchester Education Association, and the district will begin the process…

Deli shuts its doors

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Two and a half years after opening, Happy Belly Deli’s Colchester location closed its doors on Saturday. Although Colchester residents will have to go elsewhere for a cup of coffee on their morning commute or a sandwich on their lunch break, owner Ron Cameron will continue to run the Happy Belly Deli in Winooski. “Everyone…

Contract talks focus on salary, insurance

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The Colchester Education Association came ready to last Tuesday’s negotiation session with a revised healthcare and salary proposal. On the latter, the association opted to scale back its original proposal, asking for a $44,400.10 base salary in 2017-18, a $63 decrease from its original proposal. The union also requested a 4.2 and 4.4 percent increase…

Parties debate health plans at open negotiations

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Ongoing teacher contract negotiations last Tuesday centered primarily on a debate over healthcare options. The two-hour session began with Colchester School District representatives presenting new healthcare and salary plans. The board’s new salary offer increased slightly, from a 2 percent raise per year over three years, to a 2.15 percent increase in the first year…

Report estimates $20M for school fixes

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Preliminary scope and budget reports compiled for Union Memorial and Porters Point schools found a full renovation would cost around $10 million per building. The district is now weighing two options: renovating the schools and reconfiguring them from their K-2 structure to include preschool through second grade, or building a new facility to house preK-2…

Colchester woman in I-89 crash

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Vermont State Police issued two tickets following a two-vehicle collision in Winooski on the Exit 15 northbound ramp last week. Thea M. Wescott, 20, of Richmond was cited for following too closely and operating without insurance after her car struck the rear end of a 2017 BMW 330 driven by Mary S. Griffo, 64, of…