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District responds to uneven kindergarten enrollment

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The geographic line that runs through Colchester, determining whether little learners will march into Union Memorial School or Porters Point School come fall, yielded unbalanced teams this year. Last month, administrators representing the respective kindergarten through second grade institutions came before the school board hoping to even out the scale. PPS principal Carolyn Millham called…

CMS hosts development workshop for teachers

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Roles were reversed this week at Colchester Middle School when dozens of educators took part in the four-day “Developmental Designs” course, a program that emphasizes an integrated approach to social and academic learning. In a handful of classrooms throughout the building, teachers from the local district and all around the country traded tactics for enforcing…

Teacher, support staff contracts expire

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Teachers and support staff in the Colchester School District are working without a contract after their 2016-17 agreements expired June 30. Negotiations for teacher contracts, held in open session this year, were halted in April when members of the Colchester School Board declared impasse, citing an inability to find common ground on salary proposals. “After…

‘Small voices do have a big impact’

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At her first two school board meetings, Jaclyn Cline remembers staying silent until after the cameras were turned off. Ten months later, the University of Vermont-bound, Colchester High School graduate with a State House internship and Congressional page experience under her belt has some advice for the next student-school board member: Speak at every meeting.…

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.…