Tom Marble

School district takes contract talks public

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Since teacher contract negotiations between the Colchester School Board and the Colchester Education Association began on December 13, every session has been open to the public for the first time. Although parts of the teacher contract negotiations were publically accessible when the contract was last renegotiated three years ago, CSD superintendent Amy Minor said this…

Report: Enrollment in schools to stabilize

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A recent Colchester School District demographic study found that enrollment over the next 10 years will stabilize. The report, compiled by McKibben Demographics, analyzes a variety of factors including resident fertility rate, in and out migration, class sizes moving through the district and the rate, magnitude and price of current home sales, among other things.…

Sit back, relax and enjoy ‘The View’

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When they depart from their soon-to-be alma mater in the spring, the senior class at St. Michael’s College in Colchester will be the first to leave behind a tangible senior gift in six years. After a couple brainstorming sessions over the past weeks, the senior gift committee decided to raise money for a granite stone…

District presents $39.1M budget

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The Colchester School Board approved a $39.1 million fiscal year 2018 budget late last month, signifying a 3.2 percent general fund increase from FY17. The proposed budget comes up just lower than the 3.5 percent five-year average budget increase in Colchester, and levies an estimated 4.03 percent tax increase – approximately 5.6 cents. The average…

Winter fest to showcase local talent

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Even before they took the stage last Thursday afternoon, Meghan Brosky and Addie Davidson were in sync. When the pair of fourth-graders arrived at the Colchester High School auditorium with their mothers a few minutes early for their audition, they couldn’t contain their energy or enthusiasm. Meghan, 10, and Addie, 9, quickly turned a narrow…

Student named ambassador of national nonprofit

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Five years ago at the University of Alabama, Tandin Dorji gave his first inspirational speech. He was just 19. Dorji, who was diagnosed with juvenile spinal muscular atrophy type 3 five years prior, was approached by a college coordinator who asked him to speak to a group of people with muscular diseases. He agreed, and…